YOU WONT SEE THIS ON THE BBC Westminster paedophile ring investigated over murder links

Westminster paedophile ring investigated over murder links

Scotland Yard is looking at claims that an alleged paedophile ring with links to former government figures, could have been involved in a murder

The site of the former Elm Guest House in Barnes

The site of the former Elm House Guest House in Barnes, where abuse is alleged to have taken place Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Detectives investigating allegations of a paedophile ring with links to Westminster are now examining connections to a possible murder, the Metropolitan Police has said.
Scotland Yard launched Operation Fairbank two years ago to probe suggestions that high profile political figures had been involved in organised child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.
But now officers have set up a new strand of the inquiry, named Operation Midland, after being passed information about alleged murders that may have been connected with the paedophiles.
It is understood there are no confirmed identities for the suspected victims and no bodies at this stage, meaning the Metropolitan Police have only been willing to describe the investigation as examining a “possible murder”.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Over the past month, detectives working on Operation Fairbank within the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations 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.”
The spokesman went on: “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.”
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 wrote to Scotland Yard, which has since spawned two more inquiries from Fairbank – Fernbridge, which is looking at claims linked to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London, in the 1980s, and Cayacos.
Speaking to the BBC, one of the alleged victims claimed that “senior military and political figures” had been involved in the abuse of youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s.
The man, who is now in his 40s and whose identity has been protected, claimed he had been regularly abused by a gang between 1975 and 1984.
He said he was one of between 15 and 20 children, who would be picked up in cars and taken to hotels and apartments, where they were physically and sexually abused.
He said: “They were very powerful people and they controlled my life for the next nine years. They created fear that penetrated every part of me, day in day out. You didn’t question what they wanted, you did as they asked without question and the punishments were very severe.”
He added: “They had no hesitation in doing what they wanted to do,” Nick said. “Some of them were quite open about who they were. They had no fear at all of being caught, it didn’t cross their mind.”
The man’s claims are understood to be among a number now being assessed by the Metropolitan Police.
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.

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