The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced today that 43 investigations are being conducted into the Metropolitan Police’s alleged role in covering-up child sex offences.
In March of last year the IPCC launched 14 lines of inquiry into Met corruption, by the end of the year 29 referrals were being pursued. All the offences relate to cases of paedophilia from the 1970s onwards.
Many of the allegations arose from the testimony of former police officers, some who claim to have been threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act if they spoke out.
According to the IPCC’s deputy chair, Sarah Green: “These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature.” The allegations concern the supressing of evidence, halting or hindering investigations, and the covering-up of the involvement of suspects who were members of parliament or police offices.
The Met’s Directorate for Professional Standards is leading the investigations, under the management of the IPCC.
- Jamie Grierson and Josh Halliday, “Police Watchdog Expands Inquiry into Alleged Cover-Up of Paedophile Network”, Guardian, 17 September 2005 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/17/police-watchdog-expands-inquiry-alleged-coverup-paedophile-network
- “IPCC to Investigate Allegations of Historic Corruption relating to Child Sexual Abuse in the Metropolitan Police”, 16 March 2015 https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/ipcc-investigate-allegations-historic-corruption-relating-child-sexual-abuse-metropolitan
- “Metropolitan Police Sex Abuse Corruption Inquiries Expanded”, BBC News, 12 July 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36774902