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Probe into UK police 'cover up' of child abuse underway

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 3:34 PM

The United Kingdom's police watchdog is investigating alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police, including claims child sex offences were covered up because of the involvement of police officers and members of parliament.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating 14 referrals spanning four decades.

It said the claims were of "high-level corruption of the most serious nature".

The allegations have emerged since the Metropolitan Police launched Operation Fairbank into historical child sex abuse claims involving politicians and other public figures.

That investigation has found that previous inquiries into such abuse were allegedly hindered or halted, or that evidence was suppressed.