‘An inquiry into police handling of historic sex abuse allegations will be launched and led by a retired judge, the Metropolitan Police has announced, amid claims the service has failed to examine claims thoroughly.
The review, led by Sir Richard Henriques, will investigate ways the police can avoid perpetrating “witch hunts” against innocent public figures, while remaining a point of safety for victims.
It is expected to examine the policy which currently states that “the victim should always be believed,” to decide whether it should still be applied in light of recent criticism.
It has been announced following criticism of the police by former military chief Lord Bramall and the late former Conservative Home Secretary Leon Brittan, who were both investigated following allegations of abuse.’
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Flashback April 2015: Judge who reviewed Lord Janner child sex abuse case was friend of peer’s barrister
‘A judge involved in reviewing the investigation into Lord Janner’s alleged child abuse claims was a close friend of a top barrister hired to defend the Labour peer.
The retired judge Sir Richard Henriques regarded the late George Carman, QC, Lord Janner’s barrister when he was first investigated for sex crimes in 1991, as a friend and mentor at the Bar, a report in The Times claims.’
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