I’ve lost faith in the system: Harvey Proctor pulls out of complaint over Scotland Yard’s probe into false VIP paedophile ring claims
- Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has pulled out of a complaint over the Met’s shambolic VIP sex abuse inquiry
- Mr Proctor blasted the police disciplinary process as ‘not fit for purpose’
- The ex-politician has now called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to order a new, fully independent inquiry
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has pulled out of a complaint over the Met’s shambolic VIP sex abuse inquiry – saying he had totally lost faith in the system.
The furious ex-politician blasted the police disciplinary process as ‘not fit for purpose’.
He has now called on Home Secretary Priti Patel – who has been accused of dithering over the Operation Midland scandal – to order a new, fully independent inquiry.
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has pulled out of a complaint over the Met’s shambolic VIP sex abuse inquiry – saying he had totally lost faith in the system
His comments came on the eve of another highly critical report into the Met.
Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick, who sanctioned the setting up of Operation Midland, is expected to be personally criticised in today’s long-awaited 1,200-page report into the grisly murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.
She and other senior officers will be accused of delaying the inquiry into the unsolved killing by ‘trying to control the disclosure of sensitive police documents’, it is claimed.
The report comes after two judges said the Met Police broke the law during Operation Midland – a 16-month investigation into lies by abuse fantasist Carl Beech.
But following a ‘whitewash inquiry’ by the police watchdog, not one officer has faced any form of punishment.
Daniel Morgan, pictured, was investigating claims of corruption within the Metropolitan Police when he was murdered in 1987
The report comes after two judges said the Met Police broke the law during Operation Midland – a 16-month investigation into lies by abuse fantasist Carl Beech (pictured)
After a complaint by Mr Proctor, Merseyside Police has been conducting an inquiry into why Scotland Yard failed to prosecute two alleged fantasists who corroborated Beech’s lies that he had been abused by a murderous VIP paedophile ring.
Mr Proctor, the only surviving victim of Operation Midland, demanded to know why the pair – known only as witnesses A and B – had not been charged with perverting the course of justice.
But months after the Merseyside inquiry began, Mr Proctor has withdrawn his complaint after discovering that the investigation was far more limited than he had thought.
He said he no longer has any confidence that the police ‘can be trusted to mark their own homework’. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said the investigation was continuing.
Meanwhile, the bombshell findings of an eight-year panel inquiry will be published today – 34 years after private investigator Mr Morgan, 37, was found with an axe in his head in a south-east London pub car park in 1987.
The initial inquiry into the murder – one of the most investigated cases in UK history – was marred by allegations of police corruption.
Despite five inquiries, and claims of cover-ups, no one has been brought to justice. An independent panel was set up in 2013 and asked to carry out a ‘full and effective review of corruption as it affected the handling of this case’.
It was expected to take just a year and the panel is expected to blame the delays on the failure of the Met Police to promptly disclose relevant files in the five failed inquiries.