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The Metropolitan Police paid another force nearly £1million to help investigate fanatasist Carl Beech who invented claims the he was a victim of a VIP paedophile ring.
The Metropolitan Police claims to have spent £2.5 million looking into Carl Beech's allegations that he had been sadistically raped and abused by famous Westminster figures in the 1970s and 1980s, before the case collapsed in 2016.
Concerns - Costs - Times
But there are concerns some of the full costs are being hidden, as reported by The Times.
Operation Midland was set up in 2014 to to look into the divorced father-of-one's allegations.
Nothing - Operation - Midland - Months - Anyone
With nothing to go on, Operation Midland was dropped after 16 months without anyone being charged.
It was then that Northumbria Police were called in to investigate Beech and unpicked his web of deceit, with their subsequent investigation costing £1,109,068.
Met - £951 - Total
The Met reimbursed £951,982 of the total.
Victims of Beech's accusations are now calling for an independent investigation to expose scale of the failure, and the costs.
Officers - String - Figures - Worlds - Politics
The 51-year-old repeatedly told officers he had been abused in the 1970s and 1980s by a string of high-profile figures from the worlds of politics, the military and security services.
Among those the former nurse falsely accused were 91-year-old Normandy veteran Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, all of whom had their homes raided in the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midland investigation.
Met - Costs - Compensation - Claims - Lord
The Met is now running up additional legal costs in dealing with compensation claims from Lord Bramall and the widow of Lord Brittan of Spennithorne.
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