MPs and VIPs ‘child abuse ring’ at luxury flats near Parliament investigated by detectives
A new police probe into allegations of historic child abuse at the Dolphin Square has been launched following investigations by the SUnday People and the Exaro website
Detectives are probing chilling claims of “abuse parties” at upmarket Dolphin Square, where many Members of Parliament had their London homes.
The fresh investigation follows startling allegations published in the Sunday People in July.
And it comes as Home Secretary Theresa May’s inquiry into claims of a cover-up of Establishment child sex abuse faltered when its chairman quit.
Mrs May came under pressure from abuse victims as lawyer Fiona Woolf stepped down following a Home Office attempt to play down her links to Leon Brittan, the former Home Secretary at the centre of whitewash claims.
Tonight a man who says he was raped as a boy at Dolphin Square said: “The fiasco over Fiona Woolf and the cover-up inquiry has caused people to lose faith, but at least this shows the police inquiry is moving in the right direction.”
The Met launched the fresh investigation after the Sunday People revealed two separate accounts from men who say they suffered sex abuse as boys at the flats more than 30 years ago.
One of the alleged victims, known as Nick to protect his identity, has since spoken to Met officers over his ordeal at the plush estate of 1,250 flats in Pimlico, Central London.
At one point the flats were home to up to 70 MPs and around 10 lords.
Nick told Exaro, the investigative website, officers “are very serious” about probing his allegations that two former Conservative MPs – including an ex-cabinet minister – and other VIPs sexually abused him as a boy at Dolphin Square and other locations.
Nick told how the two well-known politicians raped and physically beat him after he was forced to drink alcohol. He recalled being taken to Dolphin Square around ten times, from age 11, over a period of two to three years either side of 1980.
He and another man gave accounts of how MPs and other prominent people sexually assaulted them at abuse parties at Dolphin Square and elsewhere. The officer in charge of Fairbank and linked operations contacted Exaro to ask whether the two men would speak to him and his team at the Met.
Nick agreed despite remaining fearful of his alleged abusers.
He said the Met took a detailed statement from him under Operation Midland.
It is understood Midland is one of at least eight operations under the Fairbank umbrella, the overarching probe into historic allegations of child sex abuse by Establishment figures.
Nick said: “The police contacted you to ask whether we would come forward to them.
“That is something that I gave serious consideration to, given whom the people are. And the fear that was instilled in me as a child is still very much there, and is part of me.
“But I decided that I would speak to the police.”
Following a meeting with two detectives, lengthy interviews took place to take formal witness statements from Nick.
We are not naming either of the former MPs for legal reasons.
Nick said that his father, who also sexually abused him, supplied him to the paedophile network.
Today Nick tells how the ex-minister was “sadistic”, while the second former MP was especially violent towards boys.
Nick added: “They were so powerful that they were often blasé about their identities.”
Nick explained he recognised Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, as a result of Press coverage on the paedophile brothel frequented by MPs and other prominent people.
He remembers being kept waiting in a car outside while other boys were dropped off at the property, but he does not think that he was ever abused there.
Under Operation Fairbank, the Met launched an investigation into Elm Guest House.
It formally became a full criminal case, Operation Fernbridge, which has been investigating the guest house and related issues. The second alleged victim, previously interviewed by Operation Fernbridge, told Exaro that he would not talk to the police.
Nick said of the first MP: “He was nasty, cruel, sadistic and hateful.”
The ex-minister treated boys with “complete contempt”, sexually abusing him “probably every time I was there”, he said. “He would treat me like I was not even human.”
Nick also spoke of how a second ex-MP was especially violent towards boys. The MP liked to cut them with a knife.
Nick said: “We never spoke back to them, or attempted to fight them off. You could not. They would punish you all the more for it.”
The accounts from Nick and the other man are remarkably similar.
They may have met as boys as they were trafficked around the VIP party-circuit in London to be sexually abused.
Nick went on: “Some were quite open about who they were. Some were not. Very powerful individuals. Some very nasty individuals. Just with one thing on their mind.
“You got to know them over a number of years. Some, I knew very well at the time, but did not know exactly who they were or what they did, and it is later on that I have been able to put names to faces.
“It usually followed a similar type of pattern. So we, all the boys, would be asked to do various things or perform or follow their orders, do whatever they wanted us to do. Then, there might be a break.
“And then there would be more private time, as they call it – one-to-one time.” He said the ex-minister sexually abused him on more than a dozen occasions over a few years.
The ex-minister told him his first name, although only after a year of knowing him.
Nick said: “It was only later in my adult life that I then knew who it was.”
The senior politician would slap him before and during abuse, said Nick, although he was “not as forceful” as some others.
Nick said that he saw the ex-minister abuse other boys probably more than a dozen times.
The ex-minister encouraged other abusers to cut boys but did not do it himself. The second
ex-MP did cut boys “without hesitation”.
Nick said that both politicians were among those who raped him over a filled bath while holding his head beneath the water.
He added: “I and other boys lived through it. It was part of my life for a long time.
“Unfortunately, these things occur across society. It knows no bounds, it crosses all social and community groups, and I and others lived through it. It was our world at the time.
“I hope that they will start making arrests.”