Westminster paedophile ring linked to murders of THREE young boys by detectives as probe is widened to include allegations of abuse at military bases
- Met investigating alleged murders by MPs at flats in Pimlico, London
- Boy called Nick says rich and powerful strangled boy, 12, at ‘abuse party’
- Also claims that he saw boy run over and another killed in sex attack
- Met Police appeal for witnesses who may corroborate his claims
- Scotland Yard also believe abuse took place in London and Home Counties – and are also probing abuse at military bases
- Martin Allen, who disappeared in 1979 and Vishal Mehrotra, whose partial body was found in woods
Police are today investigating whether members of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring murdered three young boys at ‘abuse parties’ as it emerged victims may have been abused at military bases.
Scotland Yard detectives are calling on witnesses to come forward if they know anything about boys being killed at Dolphin Square, a block of flats in Pimlico, London.
It is believed that every weekend in the late seventies and early eighties groups of vulnerable boys were smuggled to an address in the exclusive development by the Thames close to Parliament.
There, after being plied with alcohol, they suffered sickening sexual assaults by the rich and powerful including Tory MPs, and one victim says some children were eventually killed.
The Met has launched Operation Midland to probe the claims and said today accounts of murders by an alleged abuse victim appear to be credible but no names and bodies have ever been found.
Scotland Yard also believe that abuse took place at locations in London and Home Counties between mid-1970s and mid-1980s – but this has now been widened to include military bases.
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Scandal: The Met is looking into explosive claims boys were abused and even killed by Conservative politicians at Dolphin Square, a block of flats in Pimlico, London
The man, now 40, has told police he saw a Conservative MP strangle a 12-year-old boy to death at an ‘abuse party’ in 1980.
HOW VICTIM ‘NICK’ HOLDS KEY TO CRACKING VIP ABUSE RING CASE
The witness, known only as Nick, says a Conservative cabinet minister watched two men kill a second boy in a depraved sexual assault a year later.
He also claims to have seen a boy of 10 or 11 being run over in broad daylight in a street in South West London in 1979.
Now in his 40s, Nick has provided detectives with e-fits of the boys involved.
Met detectives say that no other witnesses or victims have come forward so far to support Nick’s allegations, so they are appealing for people to come forward.
Two boys who went missing in the late 70s and 90s are feared to be potential victims.
Detectives have spoken to the family of Martin Allen, who disappeared in 1979. They are also working with Sussex Police into a review of the 1981 disappearance and murder of Vishal Mehrotra, whose partial body was found in woods in West Sussex.
In both cases they said it was too early to say if the boys could be linked to the investigation.
Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, the lead officer for the operation, said: ‘I appeal to men who were subjected to abuse 30 years ago to come forward.
‘We are also investigating the murder of three young boys – we are determined to find answers.’
Appealing for witnesses, he said people who lived or visited Dolphin Square in Pimlico, central London, in the 1970s ‘will have seen or heard something that they only understand the significance of now’.
The residential development near Parliament has long been popular with MPs.
In separate claims Vishambar Mehrotra, whose son Vishal was eight when he vanished on the day of the Royal wedding in 1981, said he may have murdered by Westminster-based abusers.
He said a male prostitute told him he was taken to the notorious Elm Guest House where high-profile abusers attacked children.
Mr Mehota recorded the conversation but when he presented police with the evidence, Scotland Yard ‘pooh poohed’ it and failed to investigate, he alleged.
He claims that what happened to his son was part of a ‘huge cover-up’ while an MP has called for a full police inquiry.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: ‘I was contacted by a young man. He told me he believed Vishal may have been taken by paedophiles in the Elm Guest House.
‘He said there were very highly placed people there. He talked about judges and politicians who were abusing little boys.
‘I recorded the whole 15-minute conversation and took it to police. But instead of investigating it, they just pooh-poohed it and I never heard anything about the tape again. The whole thing went cold.
‘At that time I trusted the police. But when nothing happened, I became confused and concerned. Now it is clear to me that there has been a huge cover up. There is no doubt in my mind.’
Claims: Vishal Mehrotra’s father Vishambar (right) recently claimed his son (left) was abducted, abused and murdered by a Westminster VIP paedophile ring which he said was linked to the Elm guest house
Other venue: The Elm Guest House in South-West London, above, was frequented by VIPs and politicians where it is believed they abused vulnerable children
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘ The MPS is in close contact with Sussex Police, who are carrying out a further review into the disappearance and murder of Vishal Mehrotra in 1981.
Fifteen-year-old Martin Allen who was abducted thirty years ago in London and is feared to be a victim of the paedophile ring
‘At this stage, it is not possible to decide whether Vishal’s murder is linked to this investigation, and Sussex Police remain in contact with his family’.
At a press conference, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse discussed allegations that police officers had acted inappropriately in relation to child abuse investigations. This follows reports that police overlooked activity by high-profile suspects.
Professional Standards are investigating those allegations, he said, which cover a period from the mid-1970s up to 2005.
Cover-up allegations have been made related to different strands of Op Fairbank and in some cases completely unrelated information. They include allegations made by former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll, who worked in the Lambeth borough.
Mr Driscoll has told reporters he prepared a list of suspect names he wanted to investigate, which he then discussed at a meeting outside of his investigation team. He then claims he was subsequently moved from the investigation team.
Mr Rodhouse said: ‘We take any allegations of impropriety by police officers very seriously.
‘Police from the Department of Professional Standards have spoken to Clive and are now following up on those inquiries.’
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