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PM urged to protect whistleblowers in abuse 'cover-up' inquiry

Labour MP Tom Watson has urged the Prime Minister to protect police and intelligence officers who give evidence over an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster, to guarantee that they will not prosecuted.

It emerged yesterday that Scotland Yard is being investigated over claims that it covered up child sex abuse because of the involvement of influential MPs and police officers.

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Met Police 'covered up child sex crimes due to MP and police involvement'

The police watchdog is investigating claims that Scotland Yard covered up child sex offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it is investigating 14 referrals detailing alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police which relate to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

The allegations include:

  • Suppressing evidence
  • Hindering or halting investigations
  • Covering up the offences because of the involvement of members of parliament and police officers.

Sarah Green, deputy chair of the IPCC, said: "These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature. We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set.

"Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust."

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