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Scotland Yard closes investigation into historical VIP abuse claims

Scotland Yard has said that Operation Midland, the police investigation into historical claims of a Westminster VIP paedophile ring, has closed.

The announcement came after former Tory MP Harvey Proctor - the last person to be investigated by Operation Midland - was told he will face no further action over allegations which he consistently denied.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse, the senior officer in charge of Operation Midland said "it is absolutely right that we assessed carefully the allegations made to us". The allegations - which spanned between 1975 and 1984 - were made by a single person.

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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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