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Met chief Dame Cressida Dick referred to police watchdog over Operation Midland role

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

The Met Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick has been referred to the police watchdog over her role within the Carl Beech investigation.

The referral was made by The Mayor’s Office for policing and crime (MOPAC) who have asked the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to take a look into the matter following a formal complaint being raised from former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.

The former MP Proctor aged 72 has accused the Metropolitan Police Commissioner of failing to correct false claims of abuse that were made by Beech in 2014.

Claims which were echoed by senior officers as “credible and true”.

The allegations Beech made resulted in the met police launching an extensive police investigation, which was named Operation Midland.

It was an investigation into Mr Proctor after Beech has made fake claims that he had been sexually abused by a number of high-profile government figures in the seventies.

In a statement issued on Friday, the IOPC said they had “received a voluntary referral from MOPAC regarding a complaint about public comments made by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner about Operation Midland.

“The referral also alleges the Commissioner failed to take action to correct a statement made to the media by an Operation Midland detective.

“We are assessing the information provided to determine whether an investigation is necessary and, if so, what level of involvement is required by the IOPC.

“We will provide a further statement once our decision is made.”

Dame Cressida said she will co-operate with any inquiry.

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