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Leon Brittan was under Met probe over claims of child sex abuse

Former home secretary was subject to major investigation by police at time of his death

He told me. Not his full name. He told me that it was Leon

Nick, on how he could name Brittan as one of his abusers

Scotland Yard was investigating former home secretary Lord Brittan over multiple allegations of sexually abusing boys, Exaro can reveal.

At the time of his death last week aged 75, Brittan was under investigation over historical claims that he sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square, the apartment complex popular with MPs, and other locations.

Until now, Exaro has been unable to name Brittan for legal reasons, mainly the damage to an active police investigation. But the position has changed with Brittan’s death.

Exaro can reveal the key allegations against Brittan that were subject to investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service when he died:

  • that he was a member of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’;
  • that two unidentified men, who were part of the network, murdered a boy in front of him in a physical beating following sexual abuse in around 1981 or 1982;
  • that he sexually abused boys at the Carlton Club in St James’s in London, as well as Dolphin Square and elsewhere.

The abuse survivor known as “Nick” made these allegations initially to Exaro. The detective in charge of the Met paedophile unit’s wide-ranging investigation into politicians asked Exaro to put him in contact with Nick.

Exaro passed on the request, and Nick decided to arrange a meeting with the officer, insisting that our reporter also attended. This led to ‘Operation Midland’, which is investigating allegations against several prominent people of child sex abuse.

The operation is also investigating Nick’s claim that he witnessed members of the paedophile network murder three boys.

At his first meeting with detectives, Nick handed to them a list of 12 VIPs who, he says, sexually abused him. Brittan was named on the list.

Nick picked out Brittan from a large number of pictures shown to him by Exaro, identifying him as one of the men who sexually abused him.

The Met took a statement from our reporter on how the picture test was done.

Nick alleged that the ex-minister raped him on “more than a dozen” occasions from the age of 11 and other boys, who were between 10 and 14, at “abuse parties” at Dolphin Square and elsewhere.

Asked before the police took up the case how he knew Brittan was one of his abusers, Nick said: “Well, he told me. Not his full name. He told me that it was Leon. And it was only later in my adult life that I then knew who it was.”

Despite the astonishing nature of Nick’s claims about the three murders, police held a briefing for journalists last month to confirm that they believed him.

Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is leading the Met investigation, said: “Nick has been spoken to by experienced officers from child-abuse teams and experienced officers from murder investigations. They and I believe what Nick is saying to be credible and true.”

Two other witnesses, including one abuse survivor known as “Darren”, also told Exaro and police that Brittan sexually abused them and other boys in Dolphin Square.

Exaro can also reveal that, before Nick came forward, the Met was already investigating, under ‘Operation Fernbridge’, allegations of child sex abuse against Brittan, including claims that he had frequented Elm Guest House, the notorious paedophile brothel in south-west London, to sexually abuse boys.

In addition, the Met has been investigating Brittan over a claim that in 1967, before becoming an MP, he raped a female student known as “Jane”, then aged 19.

Police interviewed Brittan under caution over Jane’s claim. At the interview, he shuffled around in a pair of slippers.

But Brittan was notably sharper on his feet when he was caught in the media glare shortly afterwards as he attempted to explain what he did with a dossier on VIP paedophiles that was handed to him as home secretary in 1984 by the late Conservative MP, Geoffrey Dickens. 

In addition, a Customs officer seized a video that showed child sex abuse in the presence of Brittan. The video was being smuggled into the UK through Dover in 1982.

It is unknown what Brittan was doing on the video. However, no further action was taken.

Detectives seized a separate video that places Brittan at an “abuse party”.

Meanwhile, police face calls to continue their investigations into Brittan.

If you have information that might help our investigation, please contact us. We hope that this article will encourage more people to come forward with information about Leon Brittan. Keep re-visiting Exaro for more on this investigation.

LIST OF OTHER RELEVANT PIECES: Child sex abuse, ‘Fernbridge’ and ‘Fairbank’: Exaro story thread

Article Comments

WHO'S NEXT? TO THE COMING OUT PARTY THEN? LETS HAVE PUBLIC EXECUTIONS ON THE GREEN OUTSIDE THERE BIG CLUB!
Was he tipped off about police closing in Why do dossiers concerning elite child abuse , videos, hundreds of files at the home office, probably Mi5 files all dissapear and police investigations These are all top secret institutions that never lose anything that is of consequence.
Over many yrs they have used this tactic of "losing" the documents/evidence etc, and as nothing has been done to punish them, they KEEP on repeating it. Same as in US politicians if called to give evidence its either "National Security" Colonel Nth dealing drugs/weapons to terrorist groups, organising coups, he had amazing career. OR the defacto "Head Injury/Dementia" excuse as Hilary Clinton Benghazi murders, yet now she is well enough to be huge politically, yet can't remember what happened a short time ago, ridiculous if it wasn't so awful. Unless we DEMAND they change they won't, UK are the masters of distracting the public from their crimes. Owning the media helps them, why we owe Exaro a lot.
Thanks earl for all your good work. Just to say, while it 's impossible for us not to want to see abusers face the consequences of their actions, the cause of justice for all survivors goes way beyond naming (and ideally jailing) VIP abusers. We want justice for ALL survivors, and justice means having practical &emotional support for all of the hundreds of thousands of survivors currently having to relive their memories. Many have never rd anybody before or never been believed. So in a way, it doesn't matter what big names are exposed. Justice for survivors means a lot more. I make this point in my blog piece I did a few hours after I heard Brittany had died, along with other pieces tagged child abuse. I'd be interested to know what other earl readers think.
It is sickening reading some of the toady tributes and the absence of coverage on BBC et al. His connections with Saville in North Yorkshire and the way that is played down and how the police in that area have suppressed the connections and attacked those who have exposed it. Crying shame
The absence of comment in most of the main steam media and the terribly slow pace of progress makes the government look complicit in covering up the atrocious crimes inflicted on vulnerable by the publicly funded elite. The way Theresa May and other officials pretend to give credence to so many government organisations 'losing' so much paperwork and information is beyond belief.
Yet again a sickening silence from the BBC and mainstream media. Protecting the establishment at any cost, even wheeling out Tory idiot Richard Littlejohn in an attempt to poo poo the efforts of Simon Danczuk and Tom Watson in his Daily Mail article "Run for your life...its the Nonce finder General". Will these despicable individuals stop at nothing. Read it...it beggars belief!!
POWERLESS POLICING AGAIN! I SUPOSE THE FILTH WILL CONTACT ME NEXT TIME I DO A REDLIGHT! BUT THEY HAVNT CONTACTED ME SINCE 8TH OF DECEMBER 2014,SINCE ALL OF THIS HAS BLOWN UP BIG TIME! OH WELL I WILL HAVE TO CARRY ON FINDING OUT MYSELF AS USUAL... WEIRD REALLY AS I HEARD THE LEON MURDERING BASTARDS SIEZED CUSTOMS TAPE THIS WEEK YOU KNOW THE ONE THAT HIS FRIEND RUSSLE TRICKER BROUGHT OVER FROM HOLLAND IT EVEN HAD LEON BRITTANS INITALS ON IT CUSTOMISED SNUFF MOVIE!
Even the funeral was like a secret Why if he was a respected former minister All of Westminster would have turned out to celebrate his life in politics
Dead Peter Hayman file kept in archives but no files kept for the living Strange that one has turned up after all the previous searching by the home office
The best hope may lie with the ex Met officers and their dossier unless that falls into the wrong hands. They could all develop a deadly illness. What was all this today about some journos doing the rounds in Westminster lobby for Exaro to be shut down ?????
Funny though that everything about a suspected child abuser comes out after they die!!! The link to all this filth is SATANISM and the OCCULT. They are the glue that holds the cement together. Saville was the one that got the ball rolling. He was by all reports into Satanism ? The links etc are overwhelming. So they put their people into high places to cover this shit up when it gets to certain level!! Have faith good will overcome evil!!!
This is my first post, after just reading this site. I recently saw a theory on another site which suggested that if a person wanted to have a successful career in politics or business, then they would have to carry out a really disgusting crime which could be used to blackmail them, or keep them inline. This is probably old news to most people, but it would explain the prevalence of child abuse and murder in elite circles.
A bit like the Mafia omerta Commit a murder then you are allowed into the club
British Home Sec, May and others. were hanging on until Brittan's death before formally proceeding with a 'public inquiry', whatever form or shape that will take. One can be sure of one thing- it will have 'Chilcott' quality about it. 8 years on and we shall still be wading through this filth. In the meantime we are being 'directed' and 'misdirected away from Brittan by focusing attention on Hayman and Rotherham. Surely not coincidental in the timing of these matters- immediately after Brittan's exit. I suspect the 'appointments' of Butler- Sloss and Wolff were designed to stall and delay any serious commencement of any inquiry. All this has done is assure us of Brittan;s criminal guilt in the matters being'investigated'.
I'm wondering if it was cancer, or a quick lead pill in the back of the head?
MY MONEY IS ON A QUICK LEAD PILL.
In the light of my post on 04 Feb'15 there has been another amazing 'coincidence'; the Rotherham police officer at the centre of an criminal investigation concerning allegations that he sexually abused children in Rotherham has died following injuries sustained in a 'tragic car accident'.(Telegraph) Coincidence that a serving police officer at the centre of am investigation regrading sex crimes against children just happens to die in such circumstances? I am quite sure that if any trial had taken place against the late PC Hassan Ali it may well have opened up new investigations against others....now we may never know. I wonder how many more bizarre 'coincidences' we are going to be in store for over the next few months and years...
I truly think he killed himself to "save Face" for his family then no trial etc. COWARDS! I hope he is rotting in hell being raped constantly by demons. I know its not forgiving/merciful but I can't bring myself to be a better person and hope he has been forgiven by god etc. Not my way with ppl who are evil, they CHOSE to live evil, deserve everything that Karma delivered. He could've had amazing life/retirement he had stress, sleepless nights and shame. GOOD on YOU Exaro, thanks to all that is decent that these victims are finally seeing some justice. OK, on to the NEXT on the list,,,,,lol
Where the two unidentified men who murdered the boy MI5 agents?

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