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Alleged VIP sex ring fantasist insists he saw rape and murder

Claims: Carl Beech
Claims: Carl Beech

By Tom Wilkinson

An ex-nurse accused of lying about a murderous VIP paedophile ring tearfully told a jury he tried to save a boy he claimed was strangled and raped by the former Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

Carl Beech (51) told jurors that another boy was deliberately run over by "The Group" and denied the assertion it was a "figment of his imagination", saying: "I know it took place."

The father-of-one from Gloucester grew emotional as he gave evidence for the second day when he spoke about a third incident in which he alleged Sir Michael Hanley, then head of MI5, told a group of young victims they had to choose who was to die, before a boy was picked out and beaten to death.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court has heard the Metropolitan Police spent £2m on Operation Midland to investigate his claims that three boys were murdered and a high-profile paedophile ring operated in the 1970s and 1980s. The probe ended without a single arrest.

During the seven-week trial, where Beech has denied 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud, Mr Proctor vehemently denied the claims that he was involved in a paedophile ring, branding them the "ravings of a fantasist".

Beech told the jury he was taken to a London townhouse with another boy he now thought "possibly" was the teenager Martin Allen, who went missing in 1979. The defendant claimed Mr Proctor and another man tied the boy to a table and the ex-MP stabbed the boy in the arm then cut his chest and legs before the men left the room.

Beech, sounding upset, said: "I tried to untie him, but I couldn't. There was a lot of blood, he just kept saying sorry."

The men came back into the room, he claimed, and he alleged Mr Proctor raped the other boy.

Collingwood Thompson QC, defending, asked: "While that was happening, what were you doing?" Beech replied: "Begging for him to stop and he kept saying sorry, but they didn't listen."

He claimed he held hands with the other boy while they were both being raped as the other victim was being strangled.

Afterwards Beech said: "I tried to wake him up but I couldn't."

Earlier, he told the jury how he was driven to meet Sir Edward Heath on a yacht, and burst into tears when the former Prime Minister said he intended to sail with him out to sea. Beech claimed Sir Edward took him into a cabin where "he just comforted me and cuddled me".

Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary, "liked violence", Beech told the court.

At hearing.

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