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Man known as ‘Nick’ whose claims sparked VIP abuse investigation is named

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A man accused of perverting the course of justice after making allegations of a VIP abuse ring in Westminster can now be named as Carl Beech.

The 50-year-old, known previously only as “Nick”, will now stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court in May next year over 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one allegation of fraud.

In 2014, the Metropolitan Police started Operation Midland, a £2.5m investigation which saw a number of high-profile individuals questioned by detectives.

Nobody who was questioned as part of Operation Midland was charged.

Mr Beech appeared via video link at Newcastle Crown Court where Judge Paul Sloan QC lifted the reporting restriction.

A trial date was set for 7 May for a trial that the court heard could last six to eight weeks.

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