The police watchdog set out 12 cases relating to the Metropolitan Police’s investigation of paedophile activities spanning four decades.
Some 29 claims are being assessed in a probe conducted by the force and overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. A decision has not been made on the handling of 18 more allegations.
The inquiry, mainly sparked by allegations made by retired Met officers, will examine suggestions that evidence was suppressed, investigations halted and offences covered up, because of the involvement of MPs, VIPs and police officers.
The Met’s Special Branch, which dealt with high-level policing, including national security, featured in three of the latest claims.
One centred on allegations about an attempt in the 1970s to interfere in an investigation that would have revealed that an MP was involved in child sex offences.
The section is said to have taken over and shelved an investigation into child sex offences committed by an MP.
An accusation that Special Branch covered up an allegation that a serving officer was in a paedophile ring in north London is also being assessed.
It is also said that, on instructions from senior officers: A prosecution against a government official in possession of indecent images of children was not pursued; a probe into a paedophile ring in the 1970s was stopped early; police failed to investigate child sex offences involving an MP; and an MP was arrested, and then released without charge, after a probe into a south London paedophile ring in the 1980s.
The probe will examine claims that:
- A senior officer threatened to close an investigation into a paedophile ring in the 1980s if it found evidence against VIPs;
- Paperwork and evidence disappeared, including documents relating to abuse involving an MP who was released without charge;
- An investigation into child abuse in the 1980s was halted when it became apparent that an MP was involved;
- An MP was only charged with “specimen” counts for child sex offences, rather than more numerous or serious charges;
- Officers were threatened with the Official Secrets Act if they discussed the release-without-charge of an MP, following an inquiry into a south London paedophile ring in the 1980s. The allegations relate to claims involving more than one MP.
Essex Police are also under investigation over an allegation that intelligence was provided by a witness during a separate investigation. This intelligence indicated that an MP was involved in child sex abuse, but it was not followed up.