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A former head of Scotland Yard last night demanded his old force release an unredacted version of a damning report into its shambolic ‘Nick’ investigation.
Lord Stevens, who as Sir John Stevens was Commissioner of the Met between 2000 and 2005, called for ex-judge Sir Richard Henriques’s review to be made public in full.
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He spoke out as Britain’s biggest force issued an extraordinary statement, suggesting it may not publish the uncensored version of his report as it could reveal covert policing methods and help criminals dodge justice.
Lord Stevens’s intervention will pile pressure on Yard chiefs to release Sir Richard’s dossier into the £2.5million Operation Midland investigation which ruined the lives and reputations of a string of VIPs who were falsely accused of being part of a murderous VIP paedophile ring.
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Among those wrongly alleged to have been child sex perverts were former Armed Forces chief Field Marshal Lord Bramall, 95, former home secretary Leon Brittan, and ex Tory MP Harvey Proctor, who each had their homes raided by police.
In an astonishing broadside at the Met in Tuesday’s Daily Mail, Sir Richard suggested police may have broken the law by using false evidence to obtain warrants to raid the homes of high-profile figures.
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He said the detectives did not have the right to search the properties because their description of Nick – real name Carl Beech – as a ‘credible’ witness was false, effectively fooling a judge into granting the warrants.
Sir Richard’s 2016 probe into Operation Midland, which closed without any arrests or charges after 16 months, identified 43 blunders as police investigated Beech’s bogus allegations. But more than 80 per cent of its 491 pages were redacted.
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Speaking to the Daily Mail last night, Lord Stevens – who remains a hugely respected figure at the Met – said of Sir Richard’s review: ‘A report...
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