Carl Beech

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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What changes will take place in the Met as a result of its failures during the investigation of the Carl Beech accusations?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Following the conclusion of the Op Midland investigation, the then Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe commissioned a thorough review by Sir Richard Henriques. Key points from Sir Richard’s highly critical review were published in November 2016.

Sir Bernard also apologised in person to those most affected by the case.

The review has allowed the Met to learn, so that they could improve their handling of similar allegations in the future. Many of Sir Richard’s recommendations have been embedded in police training and practice. The Met will consider carefully any learning recommendations from the IOPC investigation report which is due to be published in September. There will also be an internal debrief in October with Northumbria police force to identify any additional lessons.

Nationally, the police service set up Operation Hydrant to act as an operational centre for advice and expertise when dealing with historical allegations of this nature.