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Harvey Proctor is 'relieved' investigation has been closed

Former MP Harvey Proctor has said he is "relieved" after he was told Operation Midland is closing and he will face no further action over allegations which he consistently denied.

Mr Proctor's lawyer Nabeel Gatrad told ITV News the investigation has had "far reaching consequences", including leading him to lose his job and having to move abroad.

Officer in charge says Operation Midland was 'handled well'

The senior officer in charge of Operation Midland insisted the investigation was "handled well" and refused to apologise to ex-MP Harvey Proctor who was told he would face no further action.

Speaking at Scotland Yard, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse stopped short of saying he was confident there was never a VIP paedophile ring, but stated that the evidence had not reached the right threshold for charges.

Our role here has been to investigate some serious allegations of crime. We've conducted a very detailed inquiry and our role really has been to assess whether or not there's enough evidence to ask the CPS to level charges.

My conclusion today is we haven't reached that threshold.

We've had a long investigation, a detailed investigation into some serious allegations of crime. It's absolutely right that we fully investigated it. Our role has been to identify whether there was sufficient evidence to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to charge anybody in this case, and our conclusion today is that isn't the case. The evidence doesn't reach that threshold.

– Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse

NSPCC: We mustn't forget victims of sexual abuse

It is "vital that child sexual abuse allegations are fully investigated by police with an open-minded approach", the NSPCC has said as Operation Midland comes to a close.

This police operation has been at the centre of huge controversy with suspects and their families often under great pressure.

Being accused of one of the most heinous crimes on the statute book obviously casts a dark shadow over those at the centre of such claims.

It’s vital that child sexual abuse allegations are fully investigated by police with an open-minded approach. Whilst many cases are extremely complex, swift resolutions with charges being brought or the accused told they will not be prosecuted is in the interest of all parties. It has taken many years for the public to believe that child abuse is a prolific problem but with disproportionate attention given to some cases over others there is a danger the progress that has been made will be tragically undermined.

Amidst all of the inevitable blame and counter blame as this operation ends we mustn’t forget the victims of sexual abuse who will have suffered life-damaging experiences and, in many instances, are still seeking justice.

– An NSPCC spokesman
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