The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech: Who is Carl Beech?
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The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech airs tonight (Monday, August 24) at 9pm on BBC Two. The hour-long documentary from Vanessa Engle follows the false allegations made by Carl Beech, who falsely claimed he had been sexually abused by a group of prominent men in the 1970s and 80s. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Carl Beech.
Who is Carl Beech?
Carl Beech is a convicted fraudster and paedophile from Gloucestershire.
In the wake of Operation Yewtree, for 18 months between 2014 and 2016, Beech was the key witness in a high profile investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and murder known as Operation Midland.
Operation Midlands investigated allegations of sexual abuse and murder involving saw MPs, generals and senior figures in the British Intelligence Services.
All of the accusations made by Beech turned out to be completely false.
Beech, known as ‘Nick’ in the investigation, told police he and others had been a victim of sexual abuse in the late 1970s and 1980s by a group of high-profile men.
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He claimed to have experienced the abuse between the ages of seven and 16 and made his first claim to Wiltshire Police in 2012.
Beech also told police he had witnessed the child murders, carried out by the ring.
He was only able to name two people who were members of the ring, Jimmy Savile and his stepfather, Raymond Beech, who are now both deceased.
According to Beech, over nine years, he and a friend named Aubrey were taken to military bases and areas in central London where they would be abused.
He made several online allegations from 2013 onwards, naming men and locations and referring to conspiracy theories and rumours of a VIP sex-abuse ring.
He then made a blog and Twitter account under the name Carl Survivor, where he shared his false stories of abuse.
Beech met with detectives from Scotland Yard and gave 20 hours of testimony, implicating several high profile figures.
The BBC reports Beech wrongly accused two former heads of the armed forces, Lord Bramall and Sir Roland Gibbs, and another senior general, Sir Hugh Beach.
The former chiefs of MI5 and MI6, Sir Michael Hanley and Sir Maurice Oldfield, as well as the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, and the ex-MPs Harvey Proctor and Lord Janner were also falsely accsused.
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In 2015, as part of Operation Midland, the homes of Harvey Proctor, Lord Bramall, and the deceased Lord Britta were raided.
In January 2016, Lord Bramall was told he would face no further action and in March 2016, Operation Midland officially ended when Harvey Proctor was told he was no longer under investigation.
At the time of the investigation, Beech was working as a hospital inspector with the Care Quality Commission. He was also the governor of two schools near his home in Gloucestershire.
He was a 51-year-old divorced father to a young teenage son.
Whilst working with police, Beech was downloading child abuse images online.
The BBC reports Operation Midland cost £2.5 million in total and Beech received £20,000 in public money as compensation for what he experienced – all of which never actually happened.
In November 2016, police arrested at Beech’ home,where they uncovered hundreds of images of child sexual abuse and was due to stand trial in Worcester in summer 2018.
Instead, Beech went on the run and was extradited back to the UK from Lapland in October 2018.
In July 2019, Beech was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, one of fraud, and several child sexual offences.
A review of the Operation Midland was carried out and in the end, 43 series errors had been found.
The Met Police later issued an apology and paid compensation to Lord Bramall and the family of Lord Brittan.
Harvey Proctor was also paid a settlement to the Met Police.
The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two
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