London’s police force is being investigated over claims it covered up child sex abuse by powerful establishment figures, including senior politicians and police officers, between 1970 and 2005.
An independent watchdog will examine the sensational claims, including that police protected a VIP pedophile ring that has since been linked to the possible murder of three young boys.
One of the potential victims, Martin Allen, was the son of the chauffeur for Australia’s then high commissioner Sir Gordon Freeth.
The 15-year-old, who lived at the high commissioner’s London residence with his family, disappeared in 1979. His body has never been found.
Detectives from Operation Midland, which is investigating historic abuse at the Dolphin Square estate near Westminster in the 1970s and 1980s, spoke with Martin’s family late last year after which his brother, Kevin, revealed “the suspicion is he was abducted by a group of low-life pedophiles”.
“It makes me very angry because if that is what has happened it’s organised and the people are very high up in British society and it needs to come out,” he told ITV News at the time.
But now the Metropolitan Police force is itself being investigated over 14 separate claims of corruption, including that “an investigation involving a proactive operation targeting young men in Dolphin Square was stopped because officers were too near prominent people”.
Kevin Allen hopes things are now very different within the Met.
“They keep saying that everything is transparent these days,” he told Sky News earlier this month.
“I hope they are and they get to the bottom of Martin’s case and the people that did wrong to Martin also get what’s coming to them.”
Monday’s explosive claims are related to “high-level corruption of the most serious nature” according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which will now investigate the police.
They include an allegation that an unnamed politician demanded no action be taken regarding a paedophile ring involving prominent people in Westminster in the 1970s.
Another claim states a surveillance operation of a child abuse ring was shut down due to high profile people being involved.
It’s also suggested an account provided by an abuse victim was altered to omit the name of a senior politician, and that a parliamentary document found at the home of a pedophile listed MPs and senior police officers as members of an abuse ring, but no action was taken.
Rumours of an historic paedophile ring centred on Westminster have swirled for years but nothing has been proven.
The IPCC is taking over an internal investigation that was already being conducted by London police after the force handed it on to them.
“(We) recognised the severity of the allegations and the importance of understanding whether or not our officers had in the past acted inappropriately and therefore voluntarily referred the … allegations to the IPCC,” the Met said in a statement on Monday.