Victim of false VIP child abuse claims slams watchdog
Anger: Ex-Tory MP brands probe into officers ‘pathetic’
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has branded the police watchdog’s probe into five officers involved in the investigation into false claims of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring “a whitewash”.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) identified “shortcomings and organisational failings” but found no evidence of misconduct.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was “deeply sorry” for the mistakes made during the force’s investigations into the false claims made by Carl Beech, then known as “Nick”, who is now serving an 18-year sentence for fabricating a series of claims of rape, torture and murder by innocent, wellknown names from the military, security services and politics.
His claims led to raids on the homes of D-Day veteran Lord Bramall, Lady Diana Brittan, widow of former home secretary Leon Brittan, and Mr Proctor.
High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques found the warrants were “obtained unlawfully” and that the district judge who granted them was “misled”, although the IOPC found no evidence the five officers investigated had deliberately misled the judge.
The watchdog found gaps in processes and systems in a report published yesterday.
Director general Michael Lockwood said: “The IOPC is very clear that there must be accountability and assurance to the public that the weaknesses we have identified are addressed so these mistakes can never be repeated.”
Mr Proctor said the IOPC report was a “pathetic attempt to excuse the police for their mistakes, incompetence and negligence”.
Sir Richard has called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to take action.
IOPC director general Michael Lockwood said: “The IOPC’s legal remit is to investigate serious incidents involving the police and to consider whether there is a case to answer for police misconduct.
“It was not to conduct a review of all the assertions made in the Henriques Review.”
INVESTIGATION: Harvey Proctor’s home was raided by police in the wake of the false paedophile ring allegations