Before looking at The Telegraph story regarding Metropolitan Police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, visiting Field Marshal Lord Bramall on Wednesday and apologising to him, I thought I’d lead with some new information, namely that, according to an informed source, Operation Midland were unaware that their key witness ‘Nick’, under the pseudonym ‘Stephen’, had previously made an allegation in a Sky documentary that Jimmy Savile had abused him at the time that they raided the homes of Lord Bramall, Harvey Proctor, and the late Lord Brittan in March 2015.
It is believed that Operation Midland detectives only became aware of this after The Needle revealed this information HERE in September 2015, and the national press reported it.
Though this will come as a surprise to many, I’m afraid this is fairly indicative of the shambolic Op Midland investigation headed by Met’s Homicide unit. That is an important distinction. This investigation was not headed by the Met’s Paedophile Unit who may have recognised in Nick’s allegations a familiar pattern of conspiracy theorist fantasy that they had occasionally encountered since November 2012; this investigation was headed by the Homicide Unit.
Whether the summary and conclusions of Sir Richard Henrique’s report, when published, will contain the detail of the Op Midland investigative failures such as being unaware of the Savile/Nick connection remains to be seen – somehow I doubt it.
It is also my strongly held suspicion that Operation Midland were unaware that ‘Nick’ had visited Wilton and Imber Village military premises only the year before in 2013, until The Needle reported that he had in Feb 2016 HERE. Certainly The Guardian’s Vikram Dodd appears to suggest that Midland were not aware of it at the time.
In one instance Nick correctly described the interior of a military premises in southern England, where he claimed abuse had taken place. The details he provided were not publicly available, and the premises itself is not open to the public, making it likely he had been there at some stage, police concluded.
Such oversights might appear incredible to readers but bear in mind that Operation Midland didn’t even interview Nick’s ex-wife despite the fact that she was one of the first people he had told about his alleged sexual abuse.
Below is the five minute extract from a documentary called Crimes That Shook Britain: Jimmy Savile which was first broadcast on the Sky Crime and Investigation Channel on 17th August 2014, which contains an interview with Nick about his abuse by Jimmy Savile that we revealed in Sept 2015. The full programme can be viewed HERE.
On to the apology to Lord Bramall,
Britain’s most senior police officer has issued a humiliating apology to Field Marshal Lord Bramall, admitting his force was wrong to raid his home over false paedophile allegations.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, also said sorry for the length of time officers took to finally drop the investigation into the 92-year-old D-Day veteran and war hero.
Lord Bramall, the former head of the Army, has been told he remained a suspect in the high-profile paedophile investigation for months after police realised there was no case against him – meaning his wife died without knowing he should have been cleared.
Elsewhere, The Mail reports today that Harvey Proctor is to meet Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to ‘discuss the Henrique Reports findings’ HERE One thing we can all be certain of is that soon after the meeting we’ll learn the full details of it from Harvey Proctor himself.