LONDON — Britain’s police watchdog announced Monday that it will investigate allegations of corruption in Scotland Yard relating to child sex offences allegedly involving members of parliament and police officers.
The allegations, which relate to a period between 1970 and 2005, were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by the London police force.
They include claims of suppressing evidence, stopping investigations, and covering up offenses.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said it made 16 referrals to the watchdog because it recognized the severity of the allegations, “and the importance of understanding whether or not our officers had in the past acted inappropriately.”
It said it was “fully committed to investigating non-recent allegations of sexual abuse.”
Among the allegations are that a document originating from the Houses of Parliament listing a number of MPs and senior police officers as being involved in a pedophile ring was found at a pedophile’s address and no further action was taken; and that an account from an abuse victim was altered to omit the name of a senior politician.
The police force is investigating the original child abuse claims and accusations of corruption.
IPCC deputy chairperson Sarah Green said: “These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature.
“Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust.”