Child sex abuse, ‘Fernbridge’ and ‘Fairbank’: Exaro story thread

Police are investigating former senior politicians and other prominent people over historical allegations of child sex abuse. Exaro has run a series of pieces on the issue since late 2012, as listed below.
The Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit is investigating activities at Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, in the early 1980’s.
The Met’s investigation began after Exaro worked with a key source to pass to detectives documents that detail allegations that boys were supplied from the nearby Grafton Close children’s home, which was run by the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
When the Met upgraded the case to a full criminal investigation, it became ‘Operation Fernbridge’. At that point, it was separated from ‘Operation Fairbank’, which is scoping various allegations of child sex abuse against several senior political figures.
Exaro also helped ‘Operation Fairbank’ establish that one set of allegations of indecent assault against a senior Conservative minister was false.
Exaro has also led the way on uncovering documents relating to the case of Sir Cyril Smith, the late former Liberal MP.
The common theme of the pieces below is that they raise questions about how the authorities have tackled the issue of child sex abuse.
Customs seized video of child sex abuse and ex-cabinet minister

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