By Patrick Williams / Published 2nd October 2016
SCOTLAND Yard closed down investigations into a canal-based paedophile ring, claims a police whistleblower.
Met officer John Wedger says he was warned he would be silenced and “thrown to the wolves” if his findings ever got out.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is probing a string of cover-up allegations by Detective Constable Wedger.
● Police chiefs pulled the plug on his inquiry which revealed scores of sex offenders living on canal barges.
● A pimp was free to groom teenage girls because a magistrate was an alleged client of one girl.
● Vice squad officers were ordered not to arrest underage prostitutes.
● Bosses made threats over his report on a London child prostitution ring involving “someone connected to the music department of the BBC”.
DC Wedger said he first saw signs of “back covering” in his role as a CID officer tracking child sex offenders in the early 2000s.
He said: “I found a lot of paedophiles were going off the radar. There was a loophole in the law that allowed them to live on canal boats without being on the electoral register.” But after identifying scores of perverts using the canal network, DC Wedger says he was taken off the job.
He said a senior officer told him: “I’m hearing your name mentioned in high places. You’re getting too good at this. I’m going to have to shut it down.” DC Wedger said he was transferred to the Met’s clubs and vice unit but he says he was ordered not to bring underage girls into the station. He said: “If you brought a kid in your night was finished.” He added: “I investigated a pimp known as Foxy who sold a 14-year-old girl called Zoe for sex and got her hooked on crack cocaine. “One of Foxy’s clients was a magistrate who used to regularly let her off when she got pulled in by police. There was also someone from the music department of the BBC involved.”
NO ATTEMPT: Ms Oliver claimed the evidence to nail grooming gangs was not being used DC Wedger said he wrote a report exposing the case around 2010 but nothing was followed-up. Then a senior officer summoned him to his office. He went on: “It was like someone had set a pit bull on me. He told me he was taking me off and shutting it down.” DC Wedger claims that later another senior officer told him: “What you have exposed is going to f*** us past, present and future. “This cannot ever get out and if it does you will be thrown to the wolves. So shut your f***** mouth.” DC Wedger is still employed by the Met but has no current role.
He claims the force has halved his wages and is trying to force him into early retirement. He has the support of former Detective Constable Margaret Oliver who left Greater Manchester Police claiming the evidence of child sex ring victims was not being used to nail grooming gangs. A Met spokesman said last night the force was aware of “various allegations” made by a detective constable which were being assessed by its Professional Standards Directorate.