Tom Watson has tonight appealed for witnesses to come forward and help with Scotland Yard's investigation into historic claims of child abuse at the Elm Guest House.
In a statement posted on his website, the Labour MP said:
This new criminal investigation is welcome news. I am confident that the Operation Fairbank team are committed to a thorough investigation that leaves no stone left unturned.
As they get nearer the truth it is vital they are given the time and space to conduct the investigation without interference. I urge any witnesses or victims to come forward if they think they can help with the inquiry. No matter what has happened in the past, now is the time for your voice to be heard.
Scotland Yard has asked anyone with information to contact police on 020 7161 0500.
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