Saturday, 2 September 2017

Metropolitan Police Service payouts to Lords over child abuse claims

The Metropolitan Police Service has paid compensation to retired field marshal Lord Bramall and the family of the late Lord Brittan over false accusations of child sex abuse.

The Met has not revealed the amount paid but it is reported to be £100,000.

Both men were accused by a man known as "Nick", who is being investigated for perverting the course of justice.

It comes after the Met's child abuse investigation, Operation Midland, was criticised in a recent report.

Lord Bramall, a Normandy veteran who retired from the House of Lords in 2013, was accused in 2014 of child sexual abuse by Nick.
Within weeks, the Met launched a major investigation and the following year Lord Bramall's home was raided by more than 20 officers.

His wife died before his name was cleared.

Former Home Secretary Lord Brittan had also been investigated as part of Operation Midland, and in addition faced a separate allegation that he had raped a 19-year-old woman.

Both cases against him were eventually dropped, but only after he died in January 2015.

Then-Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised last year to former head of the Army Lord Bramall, ex-Conservative MP Harvey Proctor and the widow of Lord Brittan "for the intrusion into their homes and the impact of Operation Midland on their lives".

BBC     News.