Scotland Yard stands accused of orchestrating an astonishing 14 cover-ups of VIP child sex abuse cover-ups because MPs and officers were involved.
Over 35 years, officers are said to have protected ‘untouchable’ figures by shutting down inquiries that reached the heart of government.
The 14 alleged paedophilia cover-ups were referred to watchdogs by the Metropolitan Police Service itself yesterday. It threatens to be the biggest investigation into police corruption since the 1970s.
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allegations of high-level corruption
The Independent Police Complaints Commission insists it will closely monitor their work. The watchdog said the inquiries were ‘closely linked and well under way’ and it made no sense to start again.
The complex web of allegations was uncovered by detectives probing claims of historical sex abuse first raised by Labour MP Tom Watson in October 2012.
Those on the inquiry, known as Operation Fairbank, are understood to have raised concerns after studying files kept in storage. They have also been faced with horrifying allegations from child victims that their complaints were ignored or covered up. The claims include one that police deliberately stalled their inquiries into the Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south-west London, leaving dozens of boys to be abused.
Officers are also accused of releasing paedophile MP Cyril Smith without charge after he was caught in an undercover operation at a sex party involving teenage boys.
Police are also accused of failing to end sex parties at the now notorious Dolphin Square complex, in Pimlico, central London, following the intervention of ‘prominent people’.
It is claimed that members of a wealthy and powerful elite believed they were ‘untouchable’ after police were warned off shutting down the sordid activities.
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Dolphin Square in Westminster
The politician, one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies, is suspected of quashing a year-long investigation into a gang accused of abusing 40 children.
Other inquiries focus on claims that the names of high-profile sex attackers were removed from witness statements and that police deliberately let senior politicians off the hook. One inquiry is examining allegations that Special Branch seized a dossier naming 16 MPs and peers handed to an investigative journalist by a former Labour minister.
Unbelievably, two undercover officers are themselves suspected of sexually abusing a boy during a raid at the Elm Guest House. The IPCC is still considering two further cases, including the shadowy murder of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in July 1981.
|Allegations: Sarah Green of the IPCC |
will oversee the investigation
into the corruption claims
Sarah Green, of the IPCC, said police and her officials were examining claims that evidence was suppressed, investigations were hindered and halted and offences covered up.
‘These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature,’ she said. ‘Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust.’
Defending the decision to ‘manage’ the Met inquiry, rather than undertake an independent one, she said: ‘The new criminal investigations looking at alleged police corruption are closely linked and well under way.’
Mrs Green said this decision remained under review and could be changed if new evidence came to light. Responding to the inquiries, Mr Watson said many child abuse victims will have mixed feelings but will be pleased that their voices are now being heard.
He said: ‘It is a potentially momentous milestone in the pursuit of justice that many survivors have been calling and campaigning for over many decades.’
Peter Garsden, president of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, said those who had suffered abuse themselves would want the inquiry to be conducted transparently.
He said: ‘They will believe that even this investigation, I suspect, will be yet another cover-up.’
A Met spokesman said the force recognised the ‘severity of the allegations’ and therefore ‘voluntarily’ referred them to the IPCC. He said: ‘Ongoing investigations and recent convictions … have shown that the Met is fully committed to investigating non-recent allegations of sexual abuse.’
The biggest police anti-corruption investigation in modern history was Operation Countryman which focused on links between police and the criminal underworld.
The investigation, which cost £3 million and was conducted over four years until 1982, saw eight officers being prosecuted. None was convicted.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper criticised the decision to leave the inquiries in the hands of the Met and said another force could have been called in.
Cyril Smith was held at paedophile sex party - but police were told 'cover it up or face prosecution under the Official Secrets Act'
By Jaya Narain for The Daily Mail
Cyril Smith was arrested at a sex party with teenage boys, according to an investigation.
The 29-stone (400 lb) Liberal MP was snared by an undercover police operation gathering evidence of child abuse.
Sources say officers had targeted several properties in south London suspected of hosting sex parties.
According to BBC’s Newsnight, Smith was seized at a house in Streatham. But within hours of being taken to a police station he was released, with officers being ordered to hand over all their evidence – including notebooks and video footage.
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protected by some fairly powerful people"
Labour MP Simon Danczuk who outed
Smith as a serial child abuser in Parliament