Police watchdog branded unfit for purpose after clearing police chief

Police watchdog is branded unfit for purpose after clearing Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick over her role in disastrous probe into false VIP paedophile ring

  • IOPC said it wasn’t necessary to look into complaints that chief misled public
  • Operation Midland was based on false claims made by ‘Nick’ – Carl Beech 
  • Dame Cressida responsible for officer that said Beech’s claims were ‘true’

The police watchdog was last night accused of being unfit for purpose after clearing Britain’s top officer of misconduct claims relating to the shambolic VIP child sex abuse inquiry.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it was ‘not necessary’ to look into complaints that Dame Cressida Dick misled the public over Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland.

The inquiry was based on false claims made by ‘Nick’ – real name Carl Beech – that he and other boys were raped and tortured in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it was ‘not necessary’ to look into complaints that Dame Cressida Dick (pictured) misled the public over Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland 

In a previous role at the Met, Dame Cressida was responsible for supervising a senior officer who said in 2014 that Beech’s claims were ‘credible and true’. 

Scotland Yard did not correct that for nine months.

Beech was jailed for 18 years for offences including perverting the course of justice.

Ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor has received £900,000 in compensation and costs after Beech accused him of being a child murderer. 

Last night he criticised ‘gullible’ police who believed the liar, adding the IOPC ‘should be replaced with a truly independent mechanism’.

The IOPC said there was ‘no indication’ that Dame Cressida committed a criminal offence. 

The inquiry was based on false claims made by ‘Nick’ – real name Carl Beech (pictured) – that he and other boys were raped and tortured in the 1970s and 1980s

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