Report slams London police over botched child abuse inquiry

LONDON (AP) " A report by a retired judge has strongly criticized London's Metropolitan Police over a child abuse investigation that saw several prominent people publicly identified as suspected pedophiles.

Former High Court judge Richard Henriques said the force made "numerous errors" during the investigation known as Operation Midland, including placing too much belief in the sole complainant.

The probe examined allegations that a group of pedophiles linked to senior levels of British politics and law enforcement abused children in the 1970s and 1980s. The two-year investigation, which cost $2.5 million pounds ($3.1 million), was closed in March without any arrests or charges.

Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe apologized Tuesday to retired Field Marshal Edwin Bramall, former lawmaker Harvey Proctor and the widow of late politician Leon Brittan, who all were investigated but never charged.

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