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Ex-nurse insists VIP sex abuse ring claims true

Claims: Artist’s impression of Carl Beech in court PICTURE: ELIZABETH COOK/PA

A FORMER nurse accused of inventing a VIP paedophile ring has repeated his claims in court that Sir Edward Heath, the former head of the British Army Lord Bramall and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor were part of a gang of serial sex abusers.

The Met Police spent £2million on Operation Midland after Carl Beech claimed that a paedophile ring known as ‘The Group’ was operating in the 1970s and 1980s, and murdered three boys. No arrests were ever made.

As well as Sir Edward, Lord Bramall and Mr Proctor, Beech alleged that MI5 head Sir Michael Hanley and Sir Maurice Oldfield, who ran MI6, were members of the gang. And he claimed he was sadistically abused at various army locations, including in the presence of retired general Sir Hugh Beach.

Newcastle crown court has heard strenuous denials of any involvement from the senior figures he named who are still alive — Lord Bramall, 95, and Sir Hugh, 96, and Mr Proctor, 72.

Mr Proctor previously told the court the allegations against him were the ‘ravings of a fantasist’. Lord Bramall said he was ‘astonished, amazed and bemused’ by Beech’s claims. And Normandy veteran Sir Hugh said the claims were ‘beyond grotesque’.

Beech, from Gloucester, who worked for years as a children’s nurse, also told the jury how he was raped by Jimmy Savile over a bath as the disgraced TV star held his head underwater.

He has admitted charges of making indecent images of children and voyeurism, the jury was told. He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. The case continues today.