Former chief inspector Howard Groves told to ignore prominent people seen in child sexual abuse images.

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Howard Groves
Former chief inspector Howard Groves told to ignore prominent people seen in child sexual abuse images with young boys

Day 3 – 06/03/2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

A Scotland Yard detective claims he was told to ignore MP’s and VIPs during a paedophile probe now being investigated by the police watchdog.

Former Chief Inspector Howard Groves, who served in the murder squad during a distinguished 34-year career, was investigating a West End paedophile ring with alleged links to MPs and TV stars in the 1980s.

Detectives found that boys as young as 14 were being supplied to men in Piccadilly Circus in an area known by the boys as ‘the meat rack’.

Former chief inspector Howard Groves:

“I remember we were called to a meeting and told by a senior officer that if we found any establishment figures involved, the investigation would be stopped.”

Names of MPs, celebrities and businessmen did surface during the inquiry – though Mr Groves, who retired in 2014, wasn’t privy to them – and 25 men were convicted.

The operation was led by Met Commander Trevor Lloyd-Hughes, who died in 1986 amid claims of soliciting male prostitutes.

Mr Groves said: ‘The command not to investigate establishment figures was relayed by a senior officer and I believe must have come from Lloyd-Hughes.’

Mr Groves’s claim is one of 31 allegations of Met corruption relating to child sex offences that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

IICSA – Westminster Investigation – Day 3 – 06/03/2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up because of  serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.

Former chief inspector Howard Groves talking live on live steam on YouTube about how in the 1980’s he was told to ignore prominent people seen in child sexual abuse images with young boys.

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