‘Fantasist known as Nick’ claimed ex-MP Harvey Proctor was violent

‘Fantasist known as Nick’ claimed ex-MP Harvey Proctor was violent

The man accused of lying to police about a high-profile paedophile ring allegedly claimed ex-prime minister Sir Edward Heath had sexually abused him on his yacht.

Carl Beech, 51, who was known as ‘Nick’, claimed he remembered the vessel Morning Cloud was large and white, but was unsure where it was moored.

He told Detective Sergeant James Townly of the Metropolitan Police that he was sexually assaulted in one of the cabins, which he said were basic and not luxurious.

Beech told the detective in October 2014: ‘He touched me, I didn’t have to do anything to him, I just lay there.’ 

Beech was able to recall to police that the yacht had a tilting cooker, but could not remember where it was moored or even whether it was in a marina, the court heard.

Carl Beech, 51, known as ‘Nick’, is on trial accused of falsely claiming he was abused by a VIP paedohpile ring. He is pictured being interviewed by the Met Police in October 14, 2014 and his ‘evidence’ sparked a £2million investigation that ended in no arrests

Beech claimed he remembered the vessel Morning Cloud (pictured) was large and white, but was unsure where it was moored

The court was also told today how Beech claimed Mr Heath had to step in to stop an MP seriously harming him.

Beech told the Met Police that ex-Basildon and Billericay MP Harvey Proctor wanted to ‘cut his genitals’ with a knife and liked to ‘strangle’ him while forcing him to perform sex acts.

He also claimed the late former home secretary Lord Brittan was ‘sadistic’ and said the politician would ‘hold his head underwater’ while abusing him. 

Beech made the claims in an interview with police in 2014 that sparked the £2million Operation Midland investigation that lasted 18-months but ended with no arrests. 

He is now on trial at Newcastle Crown Court where jurors heard his claims were ‘extraordinary,’ ‘heinous,’ ‘incredible,’ and ‘untrue.’

Beech made the claim a few minutes after telling a police officer his dog had been kidnapped in a plot orchestrated by the former head of MI5. 

Beech accused former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, 72, pictured, of violent sexual assault and claimed he threatened to ‘cut his genitals with a knife’. Mr Proctor is said to ‘still be enraged’ by the claims

Beech, pictured right at a previous court hearing, told the Met Police Mr Proctor was only stopped from seriously harming him by former prime minister Edward Heath, left

The interview in October 2014 was filmed with some clips shown to the jury today.

Beech told Detective Sergeant James Townly that Harvey Proctor, now 72, was the most violent of the abusers he called ‘The Group.’

He said: ‘He had a little pen-knife, he wanted to cut my genitals, he was stopped by one of the others.

‘He was not happy, he was so angry, he did not like being told what to do.and he gave me that knife as he left.

‘He put it in my trousers and said: ‘Next time you will not be so lucky’.’

Detective Sergeant Townly asked him: ‘Who is he?’

Beech answered in a low voice: ‘Harvey. Harvey Proctor.’

DS Townly asked: ‘Who stopped him?’

Beech also claimed the late Lord Brittan, a former home secretary, was ‘sadistic’ and ‘raped him while holding his head underwater in a pool’. Beech’s claims were subsequently branded ‘totally unfounded’ by a Northumbria Police probe

Beech said: ‘One of the others, it was not the only time he was stopped.’

The 51-year-old also alleged Proctor forced him to perform sex acts while being violent.

He said: ‘He was not like the others, it was fun for him to choke you so you just couldn’t breathe.

‘Strangle. He just liked to strangle, he liked to hit. Anything that caused additional pain, physical pain.

‘He liked knives. He was probably one of the youngest of The Group but he did not like being told what to do.’

He was asked again who told him [Proctor] what to do and Beech replied: ‘The only one person I remember was Edward, just him. Harvey wanted to do more and Edward would not let him.’

DS Townly asked: ‘Who is Edward?’

Beech replied: ‘Edward Heath. He told him and he did not question that but I saw what harm he was capable of, I was on his hit list and he did not like me at all.’

Detective Sergeant Townly asked him to tell him more about Proctor but an emotional Beech began to break down and replied: ‘I can’t, I just can’t.’

The accusation was part of a raft of allegations by Beech, from Gloucester, which were later described by a senior officer with The Met as ‘credible and true.’

It followed minutes after Beech had claimed his beloved pet dog Heron disappeared for five days when he was 13 and that he was later approached by a man named ‘Michael’ to tell him the dog had been taken ‘as a warning’.

‘Michael’ was later identified by Beech as Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5, who he claimed was another member of ‘The Group’. 

He said Heron, whom he described as his only childhood friend, went missing while being walked by Beech’s mother in Bushy Park, near Hampton Court, while he was living in Kingston upon Thames.

The jury were previously shown pictures of Carl Beech aged around 10 in his final year of primary school when he claimed the abuse began

Beech said: ‘She just vanished, she told me she was gone and I was absolutely devastated. We went out looking for her and couldn’t find her.

‘Mum had to force me back home because I would not leave.

‘I had to find her and not a sign, not a sign. The next day, or a day after, Michael collared me outside of school and he did not have her in the car but he said he had heron, my dog.

‘They took her as a warning because I was not to forget. They took her for five days and let her go, I remember I had to go to pick her up from a police station at Surbiton I think it was.

‘It was because I had forgotten to be somewhere, to be picked up. It was not like me to forget.

‘That is why it happened, How did they do that? How did they know where she was out being walked. That is what they are capable of.’

Timeline of Beech’s alleged falsehoods and the investigations they launched

2014/2015: Over more than 20 hours of recorded police interviews, Carl Beech makes lurid allegations of child rape and murder against senior Establishment figures including Ted Heath and Lord Brammall.

November 2014: The Met Police launch Operation Midland, which raids the homes of several elderly men looking for evidence to support Beech’s claims. A detective calls the accusations ‘credible and true’.

April 2015: D-Day veteran and former Army chief Lord Brammal interviewed.

June 2015: Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, whom Beech accused of child murder, interviewed under caution.

March 2016:  Beech notified no further action was to be taken in respect of the allegations he had made.

2016: Northumbria Police conclude Beech’s claims are ‘totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised, and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony’.

November 2, 2016: Police arrive to raid Beech’s home in Gloucester. 

January 23, 2018: Beech got £60,000 as an early pension from the NHS

February 6, 2018: He travels to Calais preparing to flee to Sweden, where he buys a cabin in the woods and lives under a series of assumed identities, travelling hundreds of miles from city to city to stay on the run

October 1, 2018: He was tracked down by Swedish and British police and arrested in advance of a 20-hour train journey to Gothenburg booked in the name of ‘Samuel Karlsson’.

2018: A highly critical review of Operation Midland reports police ‘acted like they were searching for bodies’ during raids on homes. 

2018: Beech pleads guilty to possessing indecent images of children, in a separate trial.

December 2018: restriction on reporting of Carl Beech’s real identity lifted.

May 2019: Beech goes on trial for perverting the course of justice.

Beech also told DS Townly he ‘found Edward Heath to be kind’.

He added: ‘He reminded me of my grandfather which I didn’t like actually.

‘Edward would not do anything in front of anyone else ever. I never saw him with anyone else, it was always done alone.

‘Harvey was there on one occasion. I cannot remember what I had done but I know I had to [perform a sex act] with Edward there.

‘Then the next thing he was hitting me and hitting me and Edward stopped him and he didn’t like it. He didn’t question it, he just stopped, he stopped instantly.’

He said he met the former Prime Minister when he was aged about 11 which would have been in either 1979 or 1980.

Beech claimed: ‘He told me he used to run the country, that did not mean anything to me, I was only about 11.

‘I didn’t know if I was expected to be impressed or not, I didn’t know but it didn’t mean anything to me.’ 

He added: ‘The fear would go sky high when he (Proctor) was in the room, he was probably the worst of all of them I think.’

Beech went on to accuse the late former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, later Lord Brittan, of raping him in a pool at the exclusive Dolphin Square development near Westminster.

Of Lord Brittan, who died in 2015 whilst still under investigation, Beech said: ‘I suppose he was a mini Harvey, he just did not go as far as Harvey did, he was nasty but not as nasty, more reserved, more controlled.

‘He was fairly sadistic in his own way but not as much as Harvey. He would not do things in front of anyone else, he liked to see pain but not inflict it much himself.’

He said Lord Brittan raped him while holding his head underwater at Dolphin Square and also at a London townhouse. 

‘He liked to hold your head underwater, he was another person who liked to do that. 

‘He would hold my head under for a long time. He was strong, a strong man.’

Beech further claimed that he had been to the then home of Sir Edward Heath at Wilton Street in London as a young boy.

He told DS Townly that he recognised the address after being taken there by the investigative journalist Mark Conrad before he made his disclosures to the police .

In July or August 2014 Mr Conrad, of the Exaro investigations website, took Beech to the area of Wilton Street and walked him around without telling him who lived in the area.

Beech said he suddenly recognised Mr Heath’s street, telling DS Townly: ‘As we walked down my anxieties went sky high, it was very familiar to me.

‘Mark said ‘who do I associate with the place?’

‘The only people I would associate with it was Harvey and Edward, he didn’t tell me who lived there or anything. It was very difficult actually.’

After describing sex acts he performed on Mr Heath, Beech added: ‘He commanded authority and respect, he did not have to do anything.’

Beech also claimed that ‘Remembrance Day abuse parties’ were held every year in which boys had poppies pinned to their bare chests as they were being sexually abused.

Among those who attended the events every November were former heads of the British Army Lord Bramall and Field Marshall Sir Roland Gibbs, Carl Beech claimed.

He told DS Townly: ‘It was the usual sexual stuff. There was a difference with the Remembrance ones because of having the poppies pinned to your chest and it was not just the once.

‘They got a bit of skin and put the pin through it. Then another would take it out and put it in somewhere else.’

Beech, pictured in a court sketch, also claimed his pet dog Heron was ‘kidnapped for five days’ by MI5 ‘as a warning to him’

The trial has so far heard that Beech falsely claimed he witnessed the murders of three boys by ‘The Group.’ 

He also said he was abused by the disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile. 

He told the original investigating team from the Metropolitian Police that around 15 men attended weekly abuse parties all over the South of England including on late former Tory PM Ted Heath’s yacht, exclusive clubs and Dolphin Square, where many MPs lived near Westminster. 

He claimed ex-Conservative MP Mr Proctor tied a boy to a table, raped him and then stabbed him to death, the jury heard. 

Beech also said former MI5 and MI6 heads tortured him by tipping spiders over him, gave him electric shocks and threw darts at him. 

And he alleged the former Conservative Home Secretary Leon Brittan and former head of the Armed Forces Lord Bramall, who is now 95, were also part of the ring.  

After Operation Midland was axed, Northumbria Police were called in to investigate Beech and subsequently ‘unravelled his claims’. 

Beech denies 12 charges of perverting justice and one of fraud by falsely claiming £22,000 criminal injuries compensation. 

When the Met asked Northumbria Police to investigate Beech in 2016, officers raided the rented three-bedroom house in Gloucester where he lived with his son. 

They discovered on the drive a new £34,000 white Ford Mustang convertible which was bought with the compensation cash he received, it is alleged.

Beech later fled to Sweden but was tracked down and extradited back to the UK to face justice.

Beech’s extraordinary accusations were levelled against a list of prominent men including:

  • Former PM Sir Edward Heath: he said he was sexually abused at Heath’s home in London and on his yacht
  • Former head of the army Lord Brammall: he said Brammall repeatedly raped him and was present at the first meeting of ‘the group’
  • Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor: he said Proctor demanded oral sex, abused him with a pen knife, and murdered two children, one after tying him to a table, raping, and stabbing him
  • Former head of MI5 Michael Hanley, and former head of MI6 Maurice Oldfield: said to be responsible for abuse and torture including spiders being tipped over him, electric shocks, and having darts thrown at him, culminating in threats ‘to make him disappear’
  • His step-father, Major Ray Beech: he said his step-father frequently and repeatedly abused, raped, and beat him, the first time in a public toilet at a wildlife park 
  • Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan: He said Brittan murdered a child, describing him as a ‘mini-Harvey’ who was sadistic and enjoyed putting his head under water

In all, Beech accused 12 men: Major Ray Beech, his step-father; Lt General Beach; General Gibbs; Lord Brammall; Jimmy Savile; Peter Hayman;  Harvey Proctor; Leon Brittan; Greville Janner; Edward Heath; Michael Hanley; Maurice Oldfield.

The 13 charges facing Carl Beech

Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud. The charges allege he:

  • Made a false allegation of witnessing the child homicide of an unnamed boy committed by Harvey Proctor
  • Made a false allegation of witnessing the homicide of a boy called Scott
  • Made a false allegation of witnessing the homicide of another boy
  • Falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with senior military officers, military intelligence, a TV presenter and other unidentified men accused as members
  • Falsely alleged that he had been sexually and physically abused by a paedophile ring, with politicians accused as members
  • Provided a list of sexual abusers and locations falsely alleging he had been physically and sexually abused by said abusers at said locations
  • Provided sketches of locations at which he claimed he had been abused, falsely claiming he had produced them from memory
  • Provided the name Aubrey, falsely alleging Aubrey had been present and subjected to physical and sexual abuse when with him
  • Provided a pen knife and two military epaulettes falsely alleging he had retained them from when he was abused as a child
  • Falsely claimed that he had been seriously injured by sexual and physical abuse inflicted as a child
  • Falsified a ‘Proton’ email account, and provided false information purportedly sent from ‘Fred’, an individual he had claimed was present when he was abused 
  • Went together with investigators on site visits and falsely alleged that it was at locations identified by him during those visits that he had been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by a paedophile ring
  • Falsely claimed £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority saying he was subjected to abuse by a paedophile ring, knowing this to be untrue and intending to make a gain for himself

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