Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) released the rather drily titled missive “IPCC to investigate allegations of historic corruption relating to child sexual abuse in the Metropolitan Police”. This told that the IPCC “is to investigate 14 referrals detailing allegations of corruption in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in relation to child sex offences dating from the 1970s to the 2000s”.
Those who follow the output of Exaro News (see HERE) will know all about the allegations of child sexual exploitation (CSE) reaching back over decades, often - but not exclusively - centred on venues such as Elm Guest House and the Dolphin Square apartment complex. Many powerful figures from the worlds of politics, the media, business, and - crucially - the law enforcement authorities - are believed to have been involved.
[UPDATE 1435 hours: following the IPCC's announcement, Iain Dale has made available (listen HERE) two conversations he had last Autumn on his LBC show. Both were with former Police officers.
These suggest that investigations into child abuse were stopped, on the instruction of senior officers, for what appear to have been totally arbitrary reasons - and in both cases, when public figures were being investigated.
The first of Iain's callers was prepared to name one well-known name, but did not, on the host's advice. That name was Cyril Smith]