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I was misled, says judge who issued search warrants to police looking at paedophile ring claims of ‘Nick’

I was misled, says judge who issued search warrants to police looking at paedophile ring claims of ‘Nick’

The district judge who issued the controversial search warrants during the disastrous Operation Midland investigation, has suggested he was “misled” by police officers. Howard Riddle, the former senior district judge and chief magistrate, said he had complete confidence in Sir Richard Henriques’s damning report which concluded that the applications for the warrants had been “unlawful”. Scotland

The district judge who issued the controversial search warrants during the disastrous Operation Midland investigation, has suggested he was “misled” by police officers.

Howard Riddle, the former senior district judge and chief magistrate, said he had complete confidence in Sir Richard Henriques’s damning report which concluded that the applications for the warrants had been “unlawful”.

Scotland Yard detectives applied for six warrants in February 2015, allowing them to raid the homes of Lord Bramall, the late Lord Brittan and Harvey Proctor.

Senior police officers had claimed the searches were necessary in order to investigate the extraordinary claims made by Carl Beech, who told them he had been raped and tortured by high profile figures in the 1970s and 1980s.

The applications stated that Beech had been “consistent” throughout his dealings with officers and that they believed what was saying.

But Beech was later exposed as a pathological liar and jailed for 18-years for perverting the course of justice and fraud.

In a damning review of the investigation, Sir Richard, a retired High Court judge, said the detectives involved in the searches had acted unlawfully, had misled Mr Riddle and should be investigated for perverting the course of justice.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Riddle, who retired in 2016, said he supported Sir Richard’s findings, adding that the police had also failed to follow standard disclosure proceedings when applying for the warrants.





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