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‘NICK’ UN­MASKED

Man whose ‘fake’ claims of VIP abuse sparked £2.5m po­lice probe is named and pic­tured for first time

- By Stephen Wright, Glen Keogh and Emine Sin­maz

‘A num­ber of false al­le­ga­tions’

THE man known as ‘Nick’ whose claims sparked the £2.5mil­lion West­min­ster VIP pae­dophile probe was fi­nally un­masked yes­ter­day.

For four years, the Press has been barred from dis­clos­ing the real name of Carl Beech, 50.

But his iden­tity was re­vealed yes­ter­day af­ter a judge lifted the re­port­ing re­stric­tion af­ter Beech was ac­cused of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

He had pre­vi­ously ac­cused for­mer Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter Ed­ward Heath, Tory ex-home sec­re­tary Leon Brit­tan and the for­mer head of the armed forces, Field Mar­shal Lord Bra­mall, of be­ing part of a VIP child sex ring.

He also claimed some of the men – in­clud­ing ex-Tory MP Har­vey Proc­tor – were in­volved in the mur­ders of three boys. Since 2014 – when he first went pub­lic with his al­le­ga­tions of VIP child sex abuse and mur­der – he had only been known by the pseu­do­nym ‘Nick’.

His real iden­tity was re­vealed af­ter he ap­peared in court yes­ter­day over al­le­ga­tions he in­vented his claims of child sex abuse and se­rial mur­der.

Beech, who is ac­cused of 12 counts of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and one count of fraud, at­tended a hear­ing at New­cas­tle Crown Court via vide­olink.

Judge Paul Sloan QC, the Recorder of New­cas­tle, lifted a re­port­ing re­stric­tion which pre­vented me­dia out­lets from iden­ti­fy­ing the de­fen­dant.

No pleas have been en­tered and Beech has been listed to stand trial on May 7.

The pro­ceed­ings will take place at New­cas­tle Crown Court and are sched­uled to last be­tween six and eight weeks.

At a hear­ing last month, Beech’s bar­ris­ter, Ray­mond Tully, said: ‘We an­tic­i­pate that the mat­ter will be fully con­tested.’

The charges of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice in­clude al­le­ga­tions Beech lied about wit­ness­ing three child mur­ders and falsely claimed to have been sex­u­ally as­saulted by a pae­dophile ring in­clud­ing se­nior rank­ing of­fi­cers within the mil­i­tary, mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence, politi­cians and a TV pre­sen­ter.

Pros­e­cu­tors also al­lege he pro­vided a penknife and two mil­i­tary epaulettes falsely al­leg­ing that he had re­tained them when he was abused as a child and fal­si­fied an email ac­count and pro­vided false in­for­ma­tion pur­port­edly sent from some­one called ‘Fred’, who he had named as present when he claimed he was abused by a pae­dophile ring.

It is also claimed by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice that he falsely claimed that he had suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries as a re­sult of hav­ing been sex­u­ally and phys­tions ically abused as a child.The fraud charge al­leges that he falsely claimed £22,000 in crim­i­nal in­juries com­pen­sa­tion by say­ing ‘he was sub­jected to abuse by a pae­dophile ring, know­ing this to be un­true and in­tend­ing thereby to make a gain for him­self’.

Scot­land Yard’s Op­er­a­tion Mid­land in­quiry into Beech’s al­lega- of child rape and se­rial mur­der in­volv­ing an es­tab­lish­ment child sex ring ran for 16 months and cost £2.5 mil­lion. It closed with­out a sin­gle ar­rest in March 2016. Ear­lier this year, the CPS said there was ‘suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence’ to bring 12 charges of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and one of fraud against him. Frank Fer­gu­son, the CPS’s head of spe­cial crime, said in July: ‘The CPS has con­sid­ered a file of ev­i­dence from Northum­bria Po­lice re­lat­ing to al­le­ga­tions of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and fraud by a 50-year-old man.

‘ The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­vided ev­i­dence that the man had made a num­ber of false al­le­ga­tions al­leg­ing mul­ti­ple homi­cides and sex­ual abuse said to have been car­ried out in the 1970s and 1980s.

‘Fol­low­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion we have con­cluded there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to bring a num­ber of crim­i­nal charges.’

 ??  ?? Bearded: A more re­cent pic­ture of Beech
Bearded: A more re­cent pic­ture of Beech
 ??  ?? Re­vealed: Carl Beech faces charges of per­vert­ing jus­tice
Re­vealed: Carl Beech faces charges of per­vert­ing jus­tice

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