Met police team for abuse cases

  • 19/09/2015
Met police team for abuse cases

By Tim Moynihan, Press Association

A specific team is being set up the Metropolitan Police in response to the growing demands of a number of historical abuse inquiries.

One of the roles of the new team is to help the inquiry into historical UK abuse claims being led by the New Zealand judge, Justice Lowell Goddard.

It's expected the new team will comprise about 90 staff, with some in place already, Scotland Yard said.

News of the move comes a day after Special Branch and senior police were accused of sinking investigations into historical child sex abuse by VIPs, MPs and officers.

The police watchdog set out 12 new cases relating to the Met's investigation of paedophile activities spanning four decades.

It means 29 separate claims are being assessed in a probe conducted by the force and overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), while a decision has not been made on how another 18 will be dealt with.

Scotland Yard has said that since March it has referred a total of 47 allegations to the IPCC concerning historical allegations of impropriety by police officers when dealing with sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005.

And it will assist Operation Fairbank, which is looking into allegations of abuse involving senior politicians and high-profile figures, and Operation Yewtree, the probe set up in the wake of the scandal over the DJ Jimmy Savile.

Justice Goddard has opened the inquiry she is overseeing, which is expected to last until 2020.