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Mar 16, 2019

27th European Congress of Psychiatry

OPERATION MIDLAND AND CONIFER UK INVESTIGATIONS INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND MURDER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIGH PROFILE POLITICIANS AND AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES

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OPERATION MIDLAND & CONIFER UK INVESTIGATIONS INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND MURDER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIGH PROFILE POLITICIANS AND AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES Background and Aims: This poster reports on UK police investigations into claims of Child Sexual Abuse and Murder by leading politicians and civil servants. The presentation outlines alleged offenses and investigative findings of two UK police operations. It aims to share internationally key features of two high profile investigations into offending by high ranking politicians. Methods: Media coverage and personal correspondence is used to illustrate the nature and difficulties of the investigations. Results: Operation Midland came about when ‘Nick’ made allegations of a high-powered abuse ring operating in Westminster. He claimed to have witnessed three murders by the abuse group. The operation was heavily criticized, and ‘Nick’ investigated for possible perjury. Operation Conifer was launched by Wiltshire police covering abuse allegations against former prime minister Edward Heath. 10 police forces had on file complaints. Following an intense investigation half a dozen abuse incidents were identified that would have warranted interviewing under caution. The author contacted Operation Midland to report a suspect for the alleged ‘hit and run' murder in Kingston-upon-Thames. After an initial telephone conversation officers refused to conduct a video-recorded interview regarding an individual who seemingly was involved in four ‘Dangerous Driving' situations of which two had a lethal outcome. When transferred to Operation Conifer a retired detective conducted a short interview that was not recorded and neither acted upon. Conclusions: Historical abuse allegations are very difficult to conduct and can have a wide range of outcomes. However forensic opportunities are seemingly missed as the 'frame of reference' is very narrow.

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