VIP child abuse probe harmed by ‘false memories’

A leading child abuse campaigner has suggested that the memories of some witnesses in the VIP paedophile inquiry may have become distorted over time.

Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said it was important not to ‘make something huge’ out of the fact that one or two accounts were misleading.

Such a move would be detrimental to child protection and to the current inquiry into abuse, he said.

Mr Saunders voiced his concern ahead of a BBC documentary that calls into question Scotland Yard’s investigation into claims of a historical paedophile ring at the heart of the Establishment.

Panorama – the Corporation’s flagship investigative programme – will scrutinise the lurid claims of ‘Nick’, the anonymous witness at the heart of Operation Midland. The programme, to be shown tomorrow night, will examine the validity of Nick’s claims that senior Establishment figures were responsible for murdering three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.