Operation Midland was launched by the Metropolitan Police on 14 November 2014 to investigate the claims of a single individual that there had been a vast paedophile ring at the centre of the political establishment in the 1970s and 1980s. Murder, rape and child abuse were some of the main accusations launched at a number of very senior figures in public life, including the former Prime Minister Edward Heath, the former Head of the Army Lord Bramall, the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, and the former MP Harvey Proctor. Many others were vaguely or specifically implicated in the conspiracy. But despite a £2.5 million, 18 month investigation, involving 31 full-time detectives no evidence whatsoever was found to corroborate the existence of this ‘paedophile ring’. However, as the case progressed, claims were made against the anonymous accuser – who called himself ‘Nick’ – which were discovered, as time went by, to be substantial. As a consequence, a decision was made on 2 July 2018 to charge him with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, and 1 of fraud. He is due to appear in court in September.
The Daily Telegraph – and in fact many other leading newspapers – have given comprehensive coverage to the story, which represents a significant turning point in the investigation of historic abuse allegations.
The charges alleged that Nick sought to back up his story by setting up an encrypted email account and allegedly inventing a witness called ‘Fred’ to corroborate his claims.
…. In 2013 he made a successful claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for the sexual abuse he said he had suffered and was awarded £22,000.
The allegations he made to police caused untold damage to the reputations of a string of public figures and Lord Brittan died before his name had been cleared.
Lord Bramall, whose wife was suffering from dementia at the time, had his Hampshire home raided by 20 detectives, who spent hours going through their intimate personal possessions.
His wife subsequently died with the cloud of suspicion still hanging over her husband’s head.
Mr Proctor, who was also subjected to a dawn raid by police, was forced to leave his job as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland and was left homeless when he lost his grace and favour apartment.
The Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, explained the decision to prosecute:
“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.”
To read more please visit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/03/vip-paedophile-accuser-nick-charged-perverting-course-justice/