A FULLY-FLEDGED investigation has been launched into allegations that politicians abused children in London in the 1980s.
Operation Fernbridge will centre on activities at the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, a suburban street in Barnes, south-west London.
The Labour MP Tom Watson alleged in the Commons in October that politicians belonging to a paedophile network had used their powerful connections to escape justice.
In a short statement tonight, the Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan Police Service have today, Thursday 17 January, launched an investigation, Operation Fernbridge, into historic allegations of child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, Barnes, London.
“The investigation will be led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 020 7161 0500.”
It added: “The allegations under Operation Fernbridge were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank which was information passed to police by MP Tom Watson. Operation Fernbridge reached the threshold for a criminal investigation.
“We will not be providing a running commentary on this inquiry.”
The police stressed that the allegations were historic and did not relate to the current occupants of the property.
- Martin Hickman, Independent