Thursday, October 8, 2015

Met Police voices 'serious concerns' over Panorama interview with VIP sex abuse ring witness

Leon Brittain
The Met Police has warned the BBC that its reporting could deter those making sex abuse allegations from coming forward.

Last night the BBC broadcast Panorama documentary "The VIP Paedophile Ring: What’s the Truth?". In it, a man said that campaigners may have led him into making false sex abuse claims.

The man, referred to as David, told the programme he had provided VIP names – including that of ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan (pictured) – “as a joke suggestion to start with”.

David, who said he suffered abuse for many years, was reportedly interviewed by police for a total of 50 hours.

Panorama reported that David told police he was worried that two well-known campaigners may have led him into making false claims by suggesting names to him.

He told the programme: "It were just done as a joke suggestion to start with but that suggestion became reality. I just went along with it. I identified him [Lord Brittan] with a photograph.

"But there again, he's a well known MP and I might have seen him on TV through the years and stuff and I might just have been confused.”

The Met Police said last night that it has “serious concerns about the impact of this programme on its investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse and homicide, on the witnesses involved, and on the willingness of victims of abuse to come forward to police”  (more...)

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