This month sees the continuing trial of Carl Beech, who faces 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.
Beech, previously known as ‘Nick’ is alleged to have made numerous false allegations that led to a vast and expensive police investigation into a supposed VIP paedophile ring. Beech alleged that many senior prominent and establishment figures including Edward Heath, Leon Brittan, Harvey Proctor and Lord Bramall were involved in the rape, kidnap and murder of boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A police officer described these allegations in 2014 as ‘credible and true’. The investigation into the ring closed in 2016 with police subsequently investigating Beech who in turn allegedly fled to Sweden.