Metropolitan Police ‘making excuses’ over report into Carl Beech investigation

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Last week, Beech was jailed for 18 years and Lord Bramall, Lady Brittan and Mr Proctor, the principal victims of his lies, have since called for Sir Richard’s full report to be made public.

But in a statement on Wednesday night, ­Scotland Yard suggested doing so could breach data protection laws and also help other criminals escape justice. 
A spokesman said: “Our considerations regarding publication include whether each of the numerous pieces of ­personal information contained within the report are suitable for publication or continues to fall within the protections afforded to individuals by the Data Protection Act, GDPR or the ­Sexual Offences Amendments Act.

“We are also considering whether any descriptions of covert police ­methodology and tactics could assist criminals to evade justice … additionally some of the material in the report is subject to legal privilege.”

But speaking to The Telegraph, Sir Richard said there was nothing he could think of in the report that could possibly jeopardise police tactics.

He said: “I am racking my brains ­trying to think of what possible covert methodology they are referring to. There were no secret bugs or undercover officers. If you consider the length of time between the alleged ­offences and the investigation, it was more than 30 years, what possible covert tactics could they be talking about?



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