The controversy over the ‘VIP Paedophile Ring’ Investigation continues. The Home Secretary has requested Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary to investigate the Metropolitan Police and its behaviour during its prolonged operation based on the claims of the fantasist ‘Nick’. ‘Nick’ – whose real name is Carl Beech – was found guilty on 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, and was imprisoned for 18 years in July. His vivid tales of sexual abuse by prominent establishment figures alive and dead was perhaps the most intensive of the historic investigations instituted by police forces across the country following the revelation of Jimmy Savile’s predatory career.
The former High Court judge, Sir Richard Henriques, wrote a damning report in which he identified 43 major blunders perpetrated by Scotland Yard during the course of its lengthy investigations. It is understood that Priti Patel would like HMIC to review the force in the light of the conclusions made in the report.
In August, Sir Richard Henriques accused officers of using false evidence to obtain warrants for raiding the homes of some of the prominent people accused by Carl Beech.
It is believed the Met Police will publish a fuller version of Sir Richard Henriques’ report shortly, having previously only released a summary. There is also said to be another report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct awaiting publication.
It is expected that any ensuing investigation will focus particularly on the role of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick. She has previously defended the force against criticism for its handling of the Carl Beech affair.