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A private inquiry for the Met

11 February 2016

From the ashes of criticism of the way historic sexual abuse allegations against Leon Brittan and Lord Bramall were investigated, the Metropolitan Police yesterday announced that retired Judge Sir Richard Henriques will lead an inquiry into its handling of allegations against public figures.

Although not yet certain, it is thought the inquiry will be asked to examine how police forces can maintain the confidence of those who come forward to complain, while avoiding the appearance of victims always being believed. Quite how this will sit alongside work of the Goddard Inquiry remains to be seen, but there is clear potential for overlap.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is handling that potential this way; “the review will focus on police procedures and will not reach judgments on the evidence. That is for the public [Goddard] inquiry to do, should they wish to examine any of the investigations covered by Sir Richard. A full copy of the review will be given to the public inquiry”.

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