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Carl Beech: Police searches over VIP abuse claims 'unlawful'

A review of Scotland Yard's disastrous inquiry into false allegations of a VIP paedophile ring found warrants to search the homes of the wrongly accused suspects were obtained "unlawfully".Retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques said searches of the homes of three prominent people "should not have taken place".He has reviewed the Met's investigation into allegations made by Carl Beech.Beech, 51, from Gloucester, was jailed for 18 years for his false accusations.Beech, previously known as "Nick" in the media, made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against prominent public figures. The Metropolitan Police spent £2.5m investigating his claims after publicly saying they were "credible and true".The Met has publ ...