Calls received in 'murders' probe
Detectives investigating the alleged murder of three young boys by members of a Westminster paedophile ring have "received calls and information" after launching a fresh appeal.
An alleged abuse victim - known only as Nick - has claimed MPs and other high-profile figures were linked to the murder of the children aged seven to 16 between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, including a child who was run down by a car.
Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is leading the investigation under Operation Midland, appealed yesterday for further abuse victims, as well as any residents or visitors to the Dolphin Square estate in south-west London at the time in question, to come forward.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "Following the appeal on Thursday December 18 with Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, the incident room have received calls and information which the team will now begin working on."
Nick has given a ''harrowing account'' to detectives of how he and several other boys were picked up in cars and taken to locations in London and the Home Counties, including military bases, where they were abused by groups of men at sex ''parties''.
He also claims he was abused between the age of seven and 16 at a flat in Dolphin Square, a plush residential development of 1,250 flats in Pimlico , popular with politicians.
Mr McDonald said he could not rule out that more than one flat in Dolphin Square was used to abuse Nick.
T he detective also revealed that he was working closely with military police in connection with the investigation.
Scotland Yard revealed they had spoken to the family of Martin Allen, who disappeared in 1979 at the age of 15, but said at this stage it is not possible to say whether his disappearance is linked.
Similarly, Sussex Police are carrying out a review into the disappearance and murder of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in 1981. The Met said at this stage it is not possible to decide whether Vishal's murder is linked to this investigation.
Operation Midland falls under a wider umbrella of investigations, dubbed Operation Fairbank, into allegations of abuse involving senior politicians and high-profile figures. It was set up in response to allegations made by Labour MP Tom Watson in the House of Commons.
There are 18 strands of allegations under Fairbank, including Operation Midland. They are not all linked and some involve alleged child abuse in care homes and do not all relate to MPs and high-profile figures.
:: Scotland Yard continues to appeal for anyone with information to contact the Investigation Team on 020 8721 4005, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.