‘Operation Midland’ investigates whether victim was held at London flat before killing
By Mark Conrad and Frederika Whitehead 14 March 2015
“I know the fear that they instilled in us back then stopped me from speaking out previously, but now is the right time to come forward” – Nick
Detectives believe that a specific flat in central London’s Pimlico may be key to the alleged murder of a boy by the ‘Westminster paedophile network’.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s ‘Operation Midland’ are investigating whether the Pimlico property – identified to them by Exaro – will help unlock the dark secrets of a group of VIP paedophiles.
The information supplied by Exaro suggests that the flat was used as a “holding property” where at least one boy was held before driven a short distance to be sexually abused and, in one case, murdered.
One line of enquiry is whether a cellar linked to the flat was used to keep one or more boys before being sexually abused at another property nearby.
Exaro cannot identify the specific property at this stage, or reveal the evidence that relates to it, for fear of disrupting the police investigation. Just over a week ago, our reporter signed a formal statement for police in connection with the property.
Detectives regard the property as potentially crucial, and plan in the next few weeks to take a key witness, known as “Nick”, on a “drive around” of locations in central London that may have been used by the paedophile network.
Nick claims that a group of prominent men sexually abused him as a boy at Dolphin Square, the apartment complex in Pimlico where many MPs have homes, and elsewhere. He also claims to have seen members of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ murder three boys on separate occasions.
The Pimlico flat will be among several properties to be included in the police “drive around”. Other places in Pimlico are also of interest as possible locations of child sex abuse by the network, as the smart London district becomes a key focus for Operation Midland.
It comes after Exaro last week revealed that Operation Midland had carried out a series of raids as part of its investigation into historical allegations of child sex abuse.
Operation Midland was launched last year after Nick came forward initially to Exaro to give an account of child sex abuse at Dolphin Square and elsewhere. Nick then agreed to talk to detectives, accompanied at his first meeting by an Exaro reporter.
Nick again urged other witnesses to come forward. He told Exaro: “I would like to make a personal request to all the boys who were hurt alongside me to come forward if you can, and if you have not done so already.
“You will not remember ‘Nick’. It is not my real name. But you will recognise what went on and where. I totally understand why you might not feel able to, and I know the fear that they instilled in us back then stopped me from speaking out previously, but now is the right time to come forward.
“If the fear of certain members of the inner circle is holding you back, you need not worry. It did not stop me, and the police can explain more if you get in touch.
“There are some excellent detectives from the metropolitan police who are working on the information that I have given to them. They want to help, they want to listen, and they are not afraid to go where the evidence takes them.
“It is not an easy thing to do. It is really hard to find that courage to come forward, and then have to go through with the police what happened. But they have made it as easy for me as they possibly could have done. They have listened to me. They have kept me updated, and ensured that I am safe. They have made sure that I have support, and maintained my anonymity.
“I also ask others to come forward if you have information about what was going on. Were you one of my drivers? Were you suspicious at the comings-and-goings of boys at all times of the day and night? Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, might be useful to the police.”
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