The Metropolitan Police Service – Operation Midland and Operation Vincente

In early 2016 the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Hogan-Howe, asked Sir Richard Henriques to review their handling of historic sexual abuse allegations against persons of public prominence. On 4th October 2019 they released 3 chapters of his report. In their introduction to the report they say:

“The MPS has apologised for significant mistakes identified by Sir Richard. In commissioning the review, the MPS sought to open its investigations to significant scrutiny with the intention of learning any lessons from these types of cases involving historical allegations against persons of public prominence.

The MPS is today publishing three chapters of Sir Richard Henriques’ Independent Review:

Chapter 1 entitled ‘Independent Review’ has previously been published in a redacted form, and the publication today removes the vast majority of those redactions.

Chapter 2 is specifically focused on Operation Midland (allegations from Carl Beech) and the MPS is taking the highly unusual step of publishing significant detail, including graphic, personal and sensitive information.

Chapter 3 is the investigation into Operation Vincente (an allegation of rape against Lord Brittan) and as much as possible of that chapter is being published today.”
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