Former Basildon and Billericay MP Harvey Proctor denies claims he is suing the Metropolitan Police Service

By Charles Thomson in Law

FORMER Basildon and Billericay MP Harvey Proctor has denied reports that he is suing the Metropolitan Police Service.

Mr Proctor was cleared last year after being questioned under Operation Midland.

The former MP was drawn into the police probe – which was ultimately shut down without any charges being brought – when single, anonymous accuser claimed to have witnessed him abusing and murdering children in rooms full of celebrity witnesses.

A subsequent review by High Court Judge Sir Richard Henriques criticised police for putting too much stock in the story told by the anonymous accuser, codenamed ’Nick’.

In particular, a senior police officer had made a public statement that the accuser’s claims were ’credible and true’.

Mr Proctor later adopted the phrase as the title of his memoir.

It was reported today that Mr Proctor was suing the Metropolitan but in a phone interview with the Yellow Advertiser he denied the claim.

He said: “Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe asked me about compensation – I didn’t ask him – when he met me, at his request, before Christmas to apologise for what had happened under Operation Midland.

“He admitted liability when he met me but wanted to know under what headings and how much the claim might be.

“My solicitors will write to the Met Police setting out the crime, as it were, and what quantum of compensation might be required.

“It would only be if the Met Police decided to refuse the claim that other legal proceedings might take place.

“I have no wish to sue the Metropolitan Police Service. However, they did damage to me and that damage can never actually be put right. But to the extent to which the law allows it to be put right, my solicitors are making a claim.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “We are not able to comment in any way.”

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