False allegations, anonymity and the challenges faced for all

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.

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Witch hunts

The IICSA again makes the headlines today with more “revelations” of a fractured organisation unable to cope with the task it has been set. The Times reports it has investigated in particular the work of the former chair Dame Lowell Goddard and it reports various allegations made against her. Meanwhile, in advance of the expected imminent publication of the review of the work of Operation Midland by the Metropolitan Police, it is also reported that Lord Bramall has received a personal apology from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. That was in connection with having been publically named in an investigation in to allegations of the sexual abuse of children.

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