Police are investigating a senior detective who is a confidential source for BBC1’s Panorama over the leaking of secret identities of complainants in abuse cases. Communications seen by Exaro reveal that the Metropolitan Police Service’s directorate of professional standards launched the investigation last month into the officer on suspicion that he improperly disclosed the name and address of a complainant in a criminal investigation. Updated 6.33pm, 5 October 2015
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Home secretary Theresa May is considering ordering an inquiry into police actions in the infamous “battle of Orgreave” in the miners’ strike of 1984.
Exaro can reveal that May has already agreed to receive a legal submission from lawyers on behalf of campaigners who want a full investigation into claims of police brutality during a mass picket of a coking plant in Orgreave.
This is how I responded to Panorama’s request for an interview with me for its programme on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’… I often appear on television and radio to talk about – and face questions about – Exaro’s work. My default position is to agree to such requests. I turn them down if the programme has no credibility or will not treat the subject properly.
BBC1’s Panorama is planning to attack survivors of child sex abuse and others who are uncovering evidence of a ‘Westminster paedophile network’. Many journalists at the broadcaster fear that the programme will prompt a backlash because two established cases of VIP paedophiles were among the BBC’s biggest stars – Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. Exaro can reveal what Panorama’s repeatedly-delayed programme will allege.
BBC bosses are trying to delay publication of an inquiry into its failures over paedophile Jimmy Savile until after ministers agree the broadcaster’s charter renewal. Whitehall and BBC sources say that the Dame Janet Smith’s review into the Savile scandal is so damaging of management knowledge and tolerance of abuse that senior executives fear that it threatens the future of the broadcaster.
Police are under investigation over another 13 cases where operations into claims of child sex abuse by VIPs were allegedly halted because of “corruption”. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) today announced the new set of investigations, bringing the total to 31 so far. The majority of these investigations into closed police operations stem from allegations made by retired Met officers, the IPCC said. Updated 18 September 2015
Detectives are assessing evidence provided to them by a man who claims to be an ex-lover of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, Exaro can reveal. He has given a statement to the Metropolitan Police Service’s ‘Operation Midland’ about his relationship with Proctor as a newly elected MP in the summer of 1979. The period is of particular interest to the police investigation.
Police are accused of the “betrayal” of a witness who alleges abuse by the ‘Westminster paedophile network’ after referring his baby son to social services. A detective from Suffolk Constabulary told the witness, known as “Darren”, that he had made the referral because survivors of child sex abuse (CSA) are more likely to be paedophiles themselves. The move has sparked outrage.
Why did detectives publicly say that they regarded a key witness’s extraordinary account of child sex abuse as “credible”? This is what I am most often asked about Scotland Yard’s ‘Operation Midland’, coming slightly ahead of questions that are in essence: who are your confidential sources? The comment about the credibility of the account took journalists aback. We at Exaro were not so surprised. Updated 21 September 2015
Detectives are investigating a senior Labour figure over allegations that he has been charging constituents to represent them as an MP. It forms part of the police investigation, as reported in July, into claims of child sex abuse against the same MP. A Conservative MP went to police after hearing claims from what he says are independent witnesses against his parliamentary colleague.
Confidential files on alleged sexual offences by members of the House of Lords have been unearthed by Exaro. Scotland Yard sent two documents with the details to the National Archives. Each concerns a “peer of the realm”, the contents remain secret and the documents have been ordered to remain closed for up to 75 years – far longer than the traditional 30.