VICTIMS of the Metropolitan Police’s bungled investigation into a fictional VIP paedophile sex ring have demanded Tom Watson resign before a damning report into the scandal is published today.
Scotland Yard spent £2.5million probing bogus claims by fantasist Carl Beech, 51, who accused senior MPs and army and security chiefs of sadistic sexual abuse.
Beech, who also said he witnessed boys being murdered in the 1970s and 1980s, was jailed for 18 years in July.
Among those accused were Lord Bramall, former head of the armed forces, Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, the former home secretary who died in 2015, and Harvey Proctor, a former Conservative MP.
Daniel Janner, the son of the late Labour MP Lord Janner who was one of Carl Beech’s victims, accused deputy Labour leader Tom Watson of being “partially responsible”, claiming he “applied pressure on the police and should hang his head in shame and resign.”
He said: “The police were taken in hook line and sinker by patently absurd allegations.
“Carl Beech’s allegation that my late father, a Labour MP, raped him in the Conservative Carlton club together with senior conservative politicians, was as hateful as it was ludicrous.
“It is an absolute disgrace that the police failed to take any steps to verify the allegation and described Beech’s allegations as credible and true.”
A friend of the Lady Brittan, who has read the full report into the case by former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, told The Times: “The extent of Tom Watson’s involvement in the witch-hunt of innocent people has been laid bare for all to see.
“His subsequent attempts to distance himself show a complete lack of integrity
“By misusing his public office to recklessly repeat false allegations, and to characterise himself as a victim, he has shown that he is unfit to hold the office of MP.”
Lord Brittan died before the child sex claims against him were proven false.
In 2012 Mr Watson had said there was “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”.
He later met Beech – known as “Nick” before a judge took away his anonymity – and described one of his conversations in 2014 as “very, very traumatic and difficult”.
He said: “He only told me about one murder…and I didn’t need to hear any more”.
When Lord Brittan died in January 2015, Mr Watson – quoting an email from Beech whom he described as a ‘survivor’ – wrote in a newspaper column: “Yesterday, one survivor said to me that…that Britain was ‘as close to evil as a human being could get’”.
An officer in the case is understood to have indicated that Mr Watson’s interest was a priority issue for the police.
Mr Watson has previously acknowledged he encouraged Beech to report his allegations.
After Beech’s conviction he said: “I reassured Nick that the police had made clear that all allegations of historic sex abuse would be taken seriously and treated sensitively.
“That is what the police had asked me to do. It was not my role to judge whether victims’ stories were true.”
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Central to the outrage over the handling of the case was a press conference in 2014 at which Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald said Beech’s claims were “credible and true.”
It came as it was revealed last night Scotland Yard was warned by the QC leading the government’s child sex abuse inquiry that “Nick” was “bogus” months before officers shut down the £2.5million investigation.
Ben Emmerson QC interviewed Beech in 2015 and told senior police officers on September 30 that year not to believe the fantasist’s claims.
The report is set to say there was a failure to interview key witnesses in a timely manner and that a district judge was misled in order to obtain search warrants to raid the homes of Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor.
None of the officers in the inquiry have been formally admonished.
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