The Metropolitan Police’s investigation into an alleged historic VIP child sex abuse ring is about to be closed, according to the Daily Mail. The lurid claims of child rape, abuse and murder, have been discovered to be unfounded, and no evidence has been forthcoming to show that they are true. The main accuser – a man known pseudonymously as ‘Nick’ – may himself be investigated on the grounds of perverting the course of justice and wasting police time. The collapse of the case against the formy army Army Chief, Lord Bramall, last month, is only the most recent of failures to turn up any evidence that the ‘establishment’ has operated a large scale child abuse ring with impunity.
The shameful end of Operation Midland is a major embarrassment to Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who has been widely criticised over his refusal to apologise for his officers’ treatment of Lord Bramall.
It is understood that he and his advisers have spent days preparing a long statement and public relations strategy explaining the importance of taking Nick’s allegations so seriously in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
But sources close to Operation Midland have described the investigation as a ‘shambles’ driven by ‘back covering Yard chiefs’ keen not to be accused of covering up alleged Establishment child sex crimes – however ridiculous the claims may seem to be.
Nick, whose real name cannot be revealed for legal reasons, claimed to have witnessed the ritualistic murder of three boys by a gang including Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, the former heads of the Army, MI5 and MI6, and Mr Proctor in the 1970s and 1980s.
In a series of interviews with police in late 2014, he also alleged that Lord Bramall, Britain’s most decorated living soldier, abused him at a military base more than 30 years ago.
The Met will now come under intense pressure to investigate Nick, who is in his 40s, for attempting to pervert the course of justice and wasting police time. Mr Proctor’s lawyers have asked the force to do this.
The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee is planning to call Sir Bernard and his senior officers to answer questions about the bungled investigation.
BBC News and the controversial news website Exaro – which publicised Nick’s incredible claim in late 2014, before he went to police – are expected to face tough questions about their role in the scandal.
The cracks in Nick’s story – and Operation Midland – were first revealed by the Daily Mail last September when it emerged that officers had ‘grave doubts’ about his testimony and believed he was a ‘Walter Mitty’ fantasist who had made up his story of VIP abuse and murder.
Sources said there was ‘not a shred of evidence’ to corroborate Nick’s allegations. Before making contact with police over his VIP murder claims, Nick told a TV documentary that he was a victim of Jimmy Savile.