Brittan died in January , aged 75, not knowing that police had four months previously concluded he had no case to answer. His widow, Diana, was only informed in October The abuse was alleged to have taken place at locations across southern England, including Dolphin Square estate in Pimlico, south-west London, a plush residential development popular with politicians. The early disclosures in later years provide some consistency in her account and she appears to have little to gain from making a false allegation.
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T he first time I had to investigate an allegation of sexual assault, it was a young boy who came into a police station in South Yorkshire. I listened to him with an open mind and investigated his account. His attacker was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. Thirty years on, the Metropolitan police are investigating many historical allegations. The public inquiry , chaired by Lowell Goddard, may bring forward many more allegations. But how should the police respond, especially when, as in Operation Midland , the allegations are decades old, and suspects are in the public eye? Investigating these cases is exceptionally difficult.
I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning. Emerson Collective acquired a majority share of The Atlantic in September. The Atlantic obtained a copy of the spreadsheet, but is not publishing it because the allegations are anonymous and unverified.
In November , Operation Midland was set up by the Metropolitan Police in London to examine allegations of child sexual abuse and homicide ,  later extended to cover allegations of three murders and activities at the Dolphin Square development in Pimlico and elsewhere;  on 21 March , the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Operation Midland had been closed without any charges being brought. In November the Metropolitan Police announced that they were establishing Operation Midland, intended to examine claims made in November about a possible homicide more than 30 years previously. Events elsewhere in London and at military establishments were also under investigation. Operation Midland arose from claims which turned out to be false by Carl Beech then given anonymity and instead referred to as "Nick" ,  a man aged in his 40s.