Just after 8am on March 4 2015, Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP, was midway through his regular morning routine of listening to the Today programme and feeding his two dogs, when he saw a police van pull up outside his home.
After settling Duke, his Red Boxer, and Sushi, his Japanese Akita, he opened the door to be greeted by Detective Sergeant Matt Flynn of the Metropolitan Police’s murder squad.
He was brandishing an official search warrant and demanded unfettered access to the property, which lies in the grounds of Belvoir Castle in Rutland.
Mr Flynn and around 20 of his colleagues – some wearing blue forensic suits – then marched into the three bedroom cottage and began systematically turning the former politician’s life upside down.
Mr Proctor, who at the time was working as private secretary to the 11th Duke of Rutland, was simply informed that the search was part of an investigation into historic child abuse.
At around the same time in other parts of the country fellow Scotland Yard officers – armed with virtually identical warrants – were conducting similarly intrusive searches at the homes of Field Marshal Lord Bramall, and the recently deceased former Home Secretary, Lord Brittan.