Detectives expect to press charges within weeks in an investigation that was sparked by a question in Parliament about a paedophile ring linked to politicians. The charges would be the first to result directly from the dramatic intervention by Tom Watson, the MP. A bishop has alleged to officers on the case that he was sexually abused as a boy.
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Claims that the Home Office once provided funding to the Paedophile Information Exchange centre on decisions by a senior civil servant, Exaro can reveal.
A whistleblower from the department has identified the official who is accused of brushing aside concerns about government funding for PIE. The official was obsessed by an academic interest in gay relationships between men and boys. Updated 1 March 2014 9.14pm.
Dozens of people who allegedly suffered child sex abuse have come forward to say that in the past 16 months police and prosecutors failed them. They made criminal allegations to police since Jimmy Savile, the late BBC star, was exposed as a paedophile, marking what was seen as a watershed in how the authorities would handle such claims.
MPs were misled about the size of pay-offs for exiting executives at the Crown Prosecution Service, Exaro can reveal. The CPS reduced the true figures for the pay-offs in a parliamentary answer by not counting payments made in lieu of notice. Emily Thornberry, shadow attorney general, accused “bumbling” ministers of being “worryingly prone to having the wool pulled over their eyes.”
Police are investigating claims that boys were taken to a “holding” property before being driven to the notorious Elm Guest House to be sexually abused. A witness has given details of the “holding house” to the Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit, as it investigates a paedophile ring – linked to politicians and other VIPs – centred on the guest house in Barnes, south-west London.
Business secretary Vince Cable’s ambitions lie behind the public thawing of hostile relations between shadow chancellor Ed Balls and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Exaro can reveal the extraordinary reason for the public rapprochement. Balls and Clegg share a concern that Cable will demand to become chancellor if Labour forms a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats after the general election in 2015.
Families of some victims of the Lockerbie bombing are to apply for a fresh appeal against the only conviction for the terrorist attack. One option under consideration is for a joint appeal with the family of the convicted man, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Some victims’ relatives are liaising with members of his family in Libya, who also want to mount an appeal to clear al-Megrahi’s name.
Detectives are investigating the sadistic killing of a young boy as they examine allegations of a paedophile ring linked to politicians and other VIPs. Exaro can reveal how police operations that are looking at historical claims of child sex abuse by political figures have turned into a murder investigation. Police are investigating the brutal murder of a pre-teenage boy more than 30 years ago.
Mystery today surrounds the future of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. A well-connected source told Exaro that Hogan-Howe had tendered his resignation to the home secretary, Theresa May, but that she had refused to accept it. The riddle deepened when the Home Office refused to comment on whether Hogan-Howe had offered to resign. Updated 6.30pm, 10 January 2014.
US intelligence privately believed that Iran was behind the Lockerbie bombing even after the police investigation publicly switched focus to Libya’s alleged role. Exaro has obtained copies of secret documents that show how America’s intelligence community maintained its view that Iran commissioned – and paid for – the attack in 1988 on a Pan Am jumbo jet over a Scottish town.
Aides to opposition leader Ed Miliband are drawing up radical plans for fuller state funding of political parties from 2015. Sources close to the Labour leader also told Exaro that, if he becomes prime minister, Miliband would ban big donations to political parties – from trade unions or wealthy individuals. This would sever Labour’s financial link with the unions, and cripple the Conservatives.