British VIP abuse ring inquiry probes boys' murders

British VIP abuse ring inquiry probes boys' murders

LONDON - An inquiry into an alleged powerful ring of child abusers in the British establishment of the 1970s and 1980s is investigating the murders of three young boys, police said on Thursday.

An alleged victim known only as Nick told the investigation that Westminster politicians and other high-profile figures were involved in the murder of three children aged between seven and 16.

Nick has given a "harrowing account" of abuse from 1975, when he was aged seven, to 1984, according to investigators in Operation Midland.

He has told the investigation he and other boys were picked up in cars and driven to locations to be abused by groups of men at sex "parties", including at military bases and Dolphin Square, a London residential development popular with politicians.

"Today I want to appeal directly to those other young boys, now men, who were also subject to abuse at the hands of these men," said investigation leader, detective superintendent Kenny McDonald.

"The abuse he has detailed that he was subjected to was carried out by a man on his own, a group of men or during what have been described as parties."

"My team is also investigating the possible murder of three young boys. Our work is ongoing and we are examining reports of missing people from that time. To date, we have not recovered any bodies."

Police said they had spoken to the family of 15-year-old Martin Allen, who disappeared in 1979, but that it was not yet possible to say whether the disappearance was linked.

The murder and disappearance of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in 1981 is also under review, but police said they could not decide whether the murder was linked to the investigation.

Operation Midland is one of a series investigations currently underway into historical child abuse in Britain.

First made in the 1980s, the accusations about a ring of prominent paedophiles resurfaced amid national soul-searching over the revelation after his death that BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was a prolific sex offender.

This summer it emerged that 114 files on child abuse allegations, including an infamous paper naming alleged high profile offenders dubbed the "Westminster paedophile dossier", had gone missing.

The British government in July announced an over-arching inquiry into how institutions handled child protection and allegations of abuse, but the panel has hit difficulties over the naming of its chair.

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