Man known as ‘Nick’ – whose ‘fake’ claims of VIP child sex abuse sparked £2.5m police inquiry – is named and pictured for first time, as he appears in court charged with perverting course of justice (and he’s actually called Carl)
- Claims by man previously known only as ‘Nick’ led to VIP abuse inquiry
- He can be named as 50-year-old Carl Beech after judge lifts court order today
- Beech is now charged with perverting the course of justice and fraud
- He made claims against politicians Sir Edward Heath and Lord Brittan and others
Carl Beech will go on trial for perverting the course of justice next year over the claims which sparked the VIP abuse inquiry
The man known only as ‘Nick’ whose allegations sparked the Westminster VIP sex abuse inquiry can be pictured for the first time today after a judge lifted a legal order banning his identification.
Carl Beech, 50, is set to go on trial, accused of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
He appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via videolink this afternoon as Judge Paul Sloan QC lifted a reporting restriction which previously prevented the media from identifying him.
In the UK, all victims of rape and other sex crimes are automatically guaranteed anonymity for life from the moment they make a complaint.
However, in exceptional circumstances, judges may lift these restrictions, such as when the complainants themselves are charged with an offence.
No pleas have been entered and Beech will stand trial on May 7 next year. The hearing, which has been put back, will take place at Newcastle Crown Court and should last six to eight weeks.
At a hearing last month Beech’s barrister Raymond Tully said: ‘We anticipate that the matter will be fully contested.’
Beech made allegations against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath (left) and the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan (right). A CPS inquiry found no evidence of wrongdoing
He also made claims about the former head of the Army, Lord Bramall (left), and the former Tory MP Harvey Proctor (right). A CPS inquiry found no evidence of wrongdoing
The Metropolitan Police launched Operation Midland after it received allegations of a VIP paedophile ring operating in Westminster.
Beech made allegations against politicians Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and Harvey Proctor and the ex-chief of the defence staff, Lord Bramall.
However, the £2.5million probe closed after finding no evidence of any wrongdoing.
In September 2017, Northumbria Police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service which led to Beech being charged.
Claims by Beech led to a police inquiry into allegations of a Westminster ‘VIP sex ring’