I’m posting this for completeness but I can tell you all now that if this complaint does refer to DCI Paul Settle and the witness known as ‘Darren’ then it is a complete load of hogwash. ‘Darren’ had appeared on the BBC using his real name over a year before he was visited by journalists. Most journalists knew who ‘Darren’ was and DCI Settle was no longer involved with the establishment paedophile police operations by the time this case was being investigated by the Met.
It just suits some in the police to tarnish DCI Settle’s reputation at this time but it will all be shown to be rubbish.
The behaviour of a senior police officer who investigated a Westminster sex ring is to be examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over a claim of leaking information to the media.
The officer, believed to be DCI Paul Settle, who as the head of the Met’s Operation Fairbank between November 2012 and May 2014 was charged with looking into claims of VIP sexual abuse at Dolphin Square, the Elm Guest House in Barnes and elsewhere, is the subject of a complaint by one of the alleged victims of abuse. It is believed that the complaint relates to “Darren”, an alleged victim, whose anonymity should be assured under the law, and who has claimed that journalists arrived at his house asking questions of him, purportedly as a result of unauthorised briefings by the police. It has also been alleged in the media that an officer spoke to the BBC’s Panorama for a programme broadcast last October and provided unauthorised material about the identity of a child abuse survivor. The name of the alleged Panorama source is not known.
The IPCC said last night: “The IPCC is investigating two complaints regarding the disclosure of information to the media. The investigation is at a very early stage and follows a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service.”