Frankly, I think this statement is weak from the Met.
Because of their actions a 92 year old former D-Day veteran has been named in the media as a paedophile and child murderer and their statement simply states that there is “insufficient evidence”. This neither clears nor condemns Field Marshall Lord Bramall. It is rather like the Scottish verdict of ‘Not Proven’ and it leaves an indelible stain on his reputation.
Officers working on Operation Midland have today, Friday, 15 January informed a man in his 90’s [A] from Farnham who was interviewed under caution on 30 April, 2015 that he will face no further action.
Following a thorough investigation officers have concluded there is insufficient evidence to request the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charging the man with any offences.
This decision was taken by the Met in accordance with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ‘Guidance on Charging’. The Met have been in discussion with the CPS during the enquiry and they are aware of the decision in this case.
Operation Midland will continue to investigate allegations of historic child sexual abuse and homicide which involves a number of potential locations over a period of several years. It is right that such grave allegations are thoroughly investigated.
Whilst officers continue to expedite enquiries, there remain lines of further enquiry which are complex.
There have been no further interviews of people under caution, or arrests.
The DPP ‘Guidance on Charging’ sets out the responsibility of the police to assess cases before referral to the CPS to ensure the ‘Full Code Test’ can be met on the available evidence. Equally, the guidance also details the responsibility of the police for taking “no further action” in any case that cannot meet the appropriate evidential standard.