Scotland Yard was in the dock last night after a fantasist was convicted of a series of lies that led officers to conduct a VIP pedophile probe.
Carl Beech’s strange lies triggered a catastrophic investigation that raided homes and ruined lives without the slightest evidence.
The D-Day veteran Lord Bramall was one of the victims of the serial liar “Nick” – and had to undergo a police search and questioning under reserve. The Field Marshal said it was ridiculous that the officers involved had succeeded in withdrawing without disciplinary measures.
He added: “The police have contributed to the perversion of justice. They did not go out to distort the course of justice, but the way they handled unconfirmed evidence gave Beech’s statements more credibility than they deserved.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson also faced calls to stop after meeting Beech in his Westminster office just months before asserting his claims against Scotland Yard in late 2014.
Mr Watson was accused of creating a “moral panic” about the alleged sexual abuse of the establishment.
Lord Bramall’s son claimed that ex-Met Chief Lord Hogan-Howe had told his father that he did not believe he was involved in the paedophile ring before his officers raided his house, but the police were under pressure after the Jimmy Savile scandal. The former chief of police denies this.
Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, another victim of Beech’s lies, said the botched probe was “a truly shameful chapter in the history of British police”.
Mr Proctor, who was falsely accused of being a serial killer of children, demanded a “completely independent investigation” of what he called a “rogue, malicious and seemingly homophobic” investigation. He also demanded an apology from Mr Watson.
Lincoln Seligman, the godson of Ted Heath, also accused by Beech, said that the effects of his “ridiculous lies” had hit him, his family and friends of the late former prime minister very hard.
What I find amazing is that Metropolitan Police senior police officers and politicians like Tom Watson and some elements of the media believed beech and made frequent public statements on the subject,” he added.
“I and my family take great comfort from this verdict, which undoubtedly makes it clear that Sir Edward was always innocent of these evil accusations.
The scandal surrounding the VIP child sex ring case intensified after the police supervisor announced that not a single officer involved in the investigation of Operation Midland would face disciplinary action.
At his ten-week trial for lies about the VIP child abuse gang, the jury heard Beech tell officers that he was used as a human dart board by the former heads of MI5 and MI6, that his dog was kidnapped by a chief spy and that the pedophile VIP ring shot his horse.
The court also heard that Beech is now a convicted paedophile after child pornography crimes came to light after an independent police investigation of him on suspicion of false accusations.
Yesterday – after less than five hours of deliberation – Newcastle Crown Court jurors sentenced him on 12 counts of distortion of justice and a number of fraud charges.
Following the judgments:
Lord Hogan-Howe, who was responsible for the Met during the botched investigation, said that “the investigations into allegations of historical child abuse were complex and of great public interest at the time”.
He added: “There are clear lessons to be learnt from this investigation which have harmed the investigators. I also believe that the damage was exacerbated by the publication of the identity of the suspects before the prosecution.
“With regard to my apology to Lord Bramall, I remember differently this conversation that tried to convey why seemingly incredible allegations had to be investigated by the police.
The Independent Police Headquarters said it acquitted three Met detectives after investigating how the armed forces had requested search warrants in Beech’s case. Jonathan Green, interim director general of the IOPC, said: “The allegations Nick made were serious and warranted investigation.
By Paul Bracchi and Stephen Wright for the Daily Mail
Carl Beech was featured in a 2014 BBC News Bulletin at prime time as a shadowy