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Lord Bramall: police to take no further action over historic sex abuse claims

Published 15/01/2016

Lord Bramall is a former Chief of the Defence Staff
Lord Bramall is a former Chief of the Defence Staff

Lord Bramall has described the past year since being interviewed by police in connection with historic child sex abuse as "really awful".

The UK's former highest-ranking soldier was informed on Friday that he faces no further action as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midland.

The 92-year-old peer, a Normandy veteran, was interviewed under caution last April at a police station close to his home near Farnham, Surrey.

The pensioner, who was not arrested, had always categorically denied the allegations.

He told the Times newspaper it had been an "awful" experience.

He said: "I think it's a terrible thing for someone of my age, with an impeccable record of public service ... Only now, very grudgingly, do they (the police) say they don't propose to take any action.

"To have these awful, entirely untrue allegations hanging over one's head, without the police saying there is not a grain of truth in them, is really awful."

Lord Bramall, as Field Marshal Edwin Bramall, was head of the British Army during the Falklands War before being promoted to the top military post.

Operation Midland is part of a wider umbrella of investigations by Scotland Yard, dubbed Operation Fairbank, into allegations of abuse involving senior politicians and high-profile figures

The Met released a statement saying: "Officers working on Operation Midland have today, Friday 15 January informed a man in his 90's from Farnham who was interviewed under caution on 30 April, 2015 that he will face no further action.

"Following a thorough investigation officers have concluded there is insufficient evidence to request the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charging the man with any offences."

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