Carl Beech (pictured in March 2018) is the principle reason we have the vast – and I suspect ill-fated – Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. He caused the waste of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and ruined the lives and legacies of those he falsely accused, such as former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor and D-Day veteran Lord BramallDetective Chief Superintendent Andy Taylor’s footsteps crunched across the gravel as he walked up my driveway.
There may never be a more revealing illustration of the often-unhealthy relationship between the police, the press and politicians in the UK than the way those institutions came â separately and together â to take seriously the claims of Carl Beech, not for a fleeting moment but for five years. Why this story The importance of Carl Beech is not that he was a fantasist who invented stories of child torture, rape and murder, itâs that he was believed.
The conviction of Carl Beech has left lingering accusations that some politicians interfered with investigations and pressurised police over allegations of historic child abuse, particularly concerning prominent people. Why this story?
Forgive me if I cough a little when I read DAC Steve Rodhouse’s comments in #Henriques report that media pressure a factor in his disastrous #OperationMidland. The Met attacked #BBCPanorama when it doubted Beech’s account and left children at risk from him.