Operation Midland: Metropolitan police pays out £100k in compensation over bungled sex abuse ring probe

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Scotland Yard has paid out a reported £100,000 in compensation to Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan over its bungled VIP sex abuse probe.

Met officers raided the homes of D-Day veteran and former head of the Army Lord Bramall and the late ex-home secretary Lord Brittan during the 16-month Operation Midland inquiry.

They were investigating claims of a VIP paedophile ring linked to senior Westminster figures.

But the force faced a storm of criticism over the £2.5 million operation after it emerged the claims were made by a single accuser, known only as “Nick”. 

Probe: The late Lord Brittan (Picture: PA)

The investigation closed without a single arrest and, after a scathing review found there were “numerous errors”, the Independent Police Complaints Commission opened an investigation into a detective chief inspector and two junior detectives over allegations they may have misled a district judge in order to obtain search warrants.

A spokeswoman for the Met said: “We can confirm the Met has reached a settlement with Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan.”

Apologies: Former commissioner Hogan-Howe (PA wire)

But she declined to confirm the amount of the award and said she had no information on any settlement with former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who has been a fierce critic of the force since the probe collapsed and he was cleared.

The Daily Telegraph said the figure paid out was £100,000 and the settlements included confidentiality clauses.

Former Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised to those named during the probe, while Lord Bramall spoke of his anger that his wife died before he had been cleared.

And Lady Brittan hit out after it emerged police decided her husband had no case to answer but failed to tell him before he died of cancer.

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