Detectives investigating alleged Westminster paedophile ring uncover evidence of possible link to MURDER
- Police investigating Westminster paedophile ring claims by Tom Watson
- The MP claimed evidence used to convict Peter Righton in 1992 showed there had been a paedophile ring with links to Westminster in operation
- Inquiry has led to two new operations to investigate parts of the claims
- Scotland Yard has been made aware of ‘non-sexual abuse’ 30 years ago
- Detectives said the new information could be linked to a possible murder
- The possible murder will now be investigated under Operation Midland
- Man told police investigating sexual abuse that ‘former senior military and law enforcement figures’ had been involved and punishments were severe
Tom Watson MP used parliamentary privilege to air claims about a suspected paedophile ring linked to Westminster and investigations have uncovered links to a possible murder, Scotland Yard confirmed
Detectives examining allegations of a historic paedophile ring involving Westminster politicians have uncovered new evidence linked to a possible murder.
Operation Fairbank was launched in 2012 following allegations that a paedophile ring with links to government had been operating more than 30 years ago.
Officers investigating the claims of an establishment paedophile ring have been made aware of allegations concerning non sexual abuse as well as a possible homicide, or murder.
The force has launched a new inquiry, named Operation Midland, to investigate the claims.
The Met Police said in a statement: ‘Over the past month, detectives working on Operation Fairbank within the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations unit have been made aware of allegations concerning serious non recent sexual abuse, said to have occurred over 30 years ago.
‘Our inquiries into this, over subsequent weeks, have revealed further information regarding possible homicide.
‘Based on our current knowledge, this is the first time that this specific information has been passed to the Met.
Operation Fairbank was launched in response to information passed on by MP Tom Watson, who used Prime Minister’s Questions in 2012 to air claims that there was a paedophile ring with links to Number 10.
Mr Watson used parliamentary privilege to allege that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained ‘clear intelligence’ of a sex abuse gang.
He claimed a paedophile ring used high-level connections to escape justice.
The BBC quoted a man who, it claimed, has told police investigating the alleged abuse that ‘former senior military and political figures’, as well as ‘law enforcement’, were involved.
According to the broadcaster, the witness, now in his 40s, claimed the group had access to 15 to 20 youngsters.
The man, who was speaking anonymously, said: ‘It started with my father. It started with quite severe physical abuse, quickly turning into sexual as well.
‘Within a very short space of time he had handed me over, or whatever you want to call it, to the group.
‘They controlled my life for the next nine years.
‘They created fear that penetrated every part of me.
‘That was part of my life day in and day out.
‘You didn’t question what they wanted, you didn’t hesitate to do what they asked you to do.
‘You did what you were told without question or the punishments were very severe.
‘They had no hesitation in doing what they wanted to do.
‘Some of them were quite open about who they were. They had no fear at all of being caught, it didn’t even cross their mind.
‘They could do anything they wanted without question and we were told that.
‘I’ve never experienced pain like it and I hope I never do again. Some of it was deliberate because they set rules that were impossible to follow. You couldn’t help but break the rules on occasion and you were punished for that, which some of them enjoyed.
‘It is something that stays with you forever. It has destroyed my ability to trust. It’s pretty much wrecked any relationships that I’ve had. Intimacy for me is pretty much a no-go area. It’s been hard, and various things will come along at various parts of your life or the year to trip you up or trigger you because the memories never go.’
The man said it was important for anyone who knows anything about the alleged abuse to speak to police.
He added: ‘People who drove us around could come forward. Staff in some of the locations could come forward. There are so many people who must have had suspicions. We weren’t smuggled in under a blanket through the back door; it was done openly and people must’ve questioned that. They need to come forward.’
Operation Fairbank was launched to investigate claims of an alleged paedophile ring linked to Government
In August Scotland Yard said it had tripled the number of officers investigating the allegations of sex abuse in the wake of the claims of a Westminster cover-up.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the number of officers looking in to decades-old allegations has been increased to more than 20.
Two more inquiries from Fairbank have been launched.
These are Operation Fernbridge, which is investigating claims linked to people who went to sex parties in the 1980s at the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London. Last year police seized a list naming top politicians, members of the royal household and a world-renowned pop star as alleged visitors.
The list emerged at meetings in 1988 between child protection officials and the guest house’s manager Carole Kasir, who died aged 47, two years later from a suspected overdose.
The paper said that 16 boys from a nearby council home were allegedly trafficked to the guest house and abused.
Operation Cayacos has also been launched and involves investigations into a specific network of suspected abusers.
Midland is now the third operation linked to the allegations.
Scotland Yard added: ‘At this early stage in this inquiry, with much work still to do, it is not appropriate to issue appeals or reveal more information.
‘Detectives from the Child Abuse Investigation Command are working closely with colleagues from the Homicide and Major Crime Command concerning this information, which is being looked at under the name of Operation Midland.’
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