The Henriques’ Report and Operation Midland

The claims of ‘Nick’ that leading figures of the ‘establishment’ were involved in an horrendous paedophile ring were one of the central planks of the Met Police’s Operation Midland.  It was disastrous from beginning to end, and no substantiating evidence was discovered for the wild, fantastical accusations ‘Nick’ made about public figures. Nevertheless, coverage of the story by Exaro News and leading newspapers transformed it into a scandal of national and international proportions. Every resource required to pursue the investigation was given to it and yet it still concluded in absolute failure.  There was no proof that any of it was true.  The barrister, Matthew Scott, has picked up on the story and the subsequent report that was released on 8 November, the day of the US elections. Apparently, 90% of the report has been redacted.


Even the 10% that has been made public reveals that the Met’s finest detectives fell prey to a combination of jaw-dropping naivety, asinine stupidity and Clouseauesque incompetence in allowing themselves to be duped by a man who is plainly either a dishonest chancer or a loopy fantasist.

Indeed it would be almost funny, were it not for the fact that acting on Nick’s allegations, the police descended on the homes of the entirely innocent Lord Bramall, Harvey Proctor and Lady Brittan, in the full glare of press publicity. The names of those falsely accused were thereby made public.

In the case of a raid “in North Yorkshire” – which must refer to the raid on Lady Brittan’s house (her husband being by that time dead) – officers even “conducted the search as though looking for bodies or body parts.” D Day hero Lord Bramall has described how he had to reassure his confused wife, who suffered from Alzheimers, as the police went from room to room through their house. Harvey Proctor, lost his job and his home as a direct result of the publicity, and then had to endure the break-up of his family. He is now, as he told LBC on Monday, “destitute.”

…. [Sir Richard Henriques] found that there was no justification for the raids. Not only that; the search warrants authorising them were only issued after police officers gave “inaccurate” statements to a judge, while at the same time concealing information that might have undermined their applications. It appears to be in relation to the issue of these warrants that a referral of several officers has been made to the IPCC.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the review is the revelation that the police were instructed to “believe” Nick, and immediately to consider him a “victim.” This was nothing to do with Nick himself. It had been Metropolitan Police policy since at least 2002 that anyone making an allegation of rape would be “believed.” The policy is as stupid as it sounds. As Sir Richard puts it: “requiring an investigator to believe a complaint which may or may not be true is a recipe for injustice.” It is a policy which“perverts our system of justice.” It remains the stated policy of Operation Hydrant, the national police organisation which co-ordinates the investigation of historic child abuse investigations, and of the College of Policing which yesterday issued a defiant statement in response to the report. In other words a practice which, in Sir Richard’s opinion, perverts justice, is still being advocated by the country’s most influential policing institutions.


Matthew Scott concludes by suggesting the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, should now resign.


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