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Lord Bramall in child abuse quiz

Lord Bramall, the UK's former highest-ranking soldier, has been interviewed under caution by police officers investigating claims of historic child abuse.

The 91-year-old Normandy veteran, who categorically denies the allegations, met officers from Operation Midland at a police station close to his home near Farnham, Surrey, this morning.

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.

Lord Bramall, a former Chief of the Defence Staff who retired from the Lords in 2013 but retains his peerage, told the BBC today that he had no comment to make.

After his home was searched by officers from the same investigation in March, he told the broadcaster: "Categorically, never have I had a connection or anything to do with the matters being investigated. It is not in my character or my psyche."

Scotland Yard said today that a man in his 90s had been interviewed under caution after attending a Farnham-area police station "by appointment" at 11am.

A spokesman said: "He was not arrested. He was interviewed by Metropolitan Police Service officers working on Operation Midland.

"He left the police station at 12.50pm. He will not be subject to any police bail conditions."

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

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

After Lord Bramall's home was searched in March, columnist and former war reporter Max Hastings said the peer had been caught up in a "witch-hunt" in the wake of the Jimmy Savile child abuse revelations.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said that "n either I nor those I know who served with him can for a moment conceive that a man of Lord Bramall's character, record and integrity could have concealed a huge guilty secret for half a lifetime".

He added: " None of us doubt the guilt of Jimmy Savile, whose wickedness started all this. The convictions of Rolf Harris, Max Clifford and Gary Glitter seem absolutely proper. But in the course of hunting down and bringing to justice those old men who exploited their fame to do monstrous things to children, we have all become party to a witch-hunt, which flies in the face of every principle of British decency and natural justice."


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