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MP paedophiles were ‘Untouchables’ – ex-Special Branch officer

Two former police officers come forward to reveal how Met action on VIPs was blocked

By Mark Conrad | 22 November 2014

MP paedophiles were ‘Untouchables’ – ex-Special Branch officer

Detectives have been told by a former Special Branch officer that there was a powerful group of “untouchable” paedophiles in Parliament.

The officer has come forward to tell detectives in the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit that Scotland Yard was aware of a group in Parliament who sexually abused children some decades ago, but was unable to act.

The ex-detective is one of two former police officers who have come forward together to the Met to make similar claims. The Met’s paedophile unit has been investigating a wide range of historical allegations, under the umbrella of ‘Operation Fairbank’, that MPs and other prominent people sexually abused children.

A source close to the investigation said that the two former police officers alleged: “There was a significant paedophile group in Parliament who were untouchable to the police.”

They provided new information on Sir Cyril Smith, the former Liberal MP, and Sir Jimmy Savile, the BBC star, who were exposed as paedophiles after their deaths. They have also provided potentially important information on former MPs and living perpetrators of child sex abuse.

The two ex-officers even said that they were aware that boys were being killed by the ‘Westminster paedophile network’, but were unable to take any action because the perpetrators were so powerful.

Their dynamite claims come after Exaro revealed last week that the Met was investigating an allegation that a young boy was murdered by a Conservative MP during a sexual assault. The allegation is that the boy was one of three killed by the network of MP and VIP paedophiles.

The officers came forward before last week’s revelation by Exaro that sparked headlines around the world.

Detectives are hoping to see whether the two former officers can help to corroborate any of the claims of an abuse survivor, known as ‘Nick’, who says that he witnessed three separate murders of boys by members of the paedophile network more than three decades ago.

Tom Watson, Labour MP, told Exaro: “It is vital that former police officers contact the Fairbank team to share what they know. They may have been reticent in the past, but now is the time to share their experiences. With their help, we may finally be able to uncover some terrible injustices.”

Nick’s account of how he was sexually abused, even raped, by MPs and other VIPs at Dolphin Square in Pimlico near Parliament was published in July.

This led to ‘Operation Midland’, under the Fairbank umbrella, which is investigating Nick’s allegations of child sex abuse by MPs and VIPs at Dolphin Square and other locations – and of three murders.

The Met has confirmed that Operation Midland is investigating “possible homicide” along with historical allegations of child sex abuse.

Nick passed to Exaro and the Met the names of 12 people in the ‘Westminister paedophile network’ who sexually abused him. They include three former Conservative MPs, one who was a cabinet minister, and an ex-Labour MP.

Sir Peter Hayman, former deputy director of the Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6, is among the 12, although Nick initially thought that he was an MP because he mixed with politicians at “abuse parties” at Dolphin Square and elsewhere.

Nick says that he has not provided the list of 12 names to anyone else for fear that it would disrupt the investigation. He initially raised his allegation with Exaro about three murders at his first meeting with our reporter in May.

In January, Exaro reported how a separate abuse survivor told the Met of the murder of another young boy during a sexual assault that was linked to the VIP network of abusers as well as Sydney Cooke, the notorious paedophile and killer of Jason Swift, a 14-year-old boy, in Hackney, east London in 1985.

Nick said that he never knew the names of other people who went to abuse parties where he and other boys were sexually assaulted.

Detectives on Operation Midland are planning to compile a series of pictures of associates of those named by Nick to see whether he can identify any of them.

Meanwhile, officers on Operation Midland are searching through files on at least 200 missing children to try to identify the three boys who were allegedly murdered.

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