The man who sparked Scotland Yard’s £2 million VIP sex abuse inquiry after claiming to have been raped and tortured by a group of prominent public figures is a convicted paedophile himself, it can now be revealed.
Carl Beech, 51, who was known as Nick throughout the Operation Midland investigation, was convicted of making and possessing indecent images of young boys and of voyeurism earlier this year.
On the second day of his trial for perverting the course of justice and fraud at Newcastle Crown Court, the jury was told that Northumbria police had found the child porn images on various devices when they were investigating him on suspicion of lying about his own abuse.
Tony Badenoch QC, prosecuting, described Mr Beech as a "committed and manipulative paedophile", and said he had even tried to blame his own teenage son when he was confronted with the evidence.
On Tuesday, the court heard how Mr Beech had gone to Scotland Yard in 2014 claiming to have been sadistically sexually abused by a group of powerful public figures including, Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister, Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, Field Marshall Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP.
He even claimed the group had murdered three boys in front of him.
But despite Scotland Yard initially describing the claims as "credible and true", a subsequent investigation by the Northumbria Force had found his "most heinous" allegations were "totally unfounded" and "hopelessly compromised".
Mr Badenoch explained that as part of the police investigation, officers had seized a number of electronic devices belonging to Mr Beech and found indecent images of young boys, secretly taken photographs of school boys a covert recording of a boy using the lavatory at his house.
The barrister said: "These child sex offences were committed whilst he was speaking to investigating police officers. At the same time he perpetrated these lies about Harvey Proctor and so many others, he was also viewing indecent images of the gravest kind and spying on small boys".
The jury was told that when confronted with the evidence Mr Beech had initially pleaded not guilty, even suggesting that his son might have been responsible for the material.
But just as the trial had been about to get going in January he had changed his plea and admitted the offences.
The prosecutor said: "This evidence demonstrates that Carl Beech is a committed and manipulative paedophile, capable of deceit to investigators and limitless manipulation when required, including if necessary, framing his own child.
"The sort of individual concerned only for himself, unconcerned with the impact on others, whether it is falsely accusing them of heinous crimes, seeking to attribute blame to his own son for child pornography or gathering covert indecent images of small boys visiting his house."
Mr Badenoch suggested it was Mr Beech’s interest in child pornography that had prompted him to go to the police with his own allegations in the first place.
He told the court: "It all suggests that he also wants to be a part of it, and so he talked about it to the Metropolitan Police, intending for them to take it seriously and enable him to continue to do so."
Beech's 'fugitive' life in Sweden
The court heard how when his "lies began to unravel" Mr Beech moved to Sweden, where he planned to start a new life.
In January 2018 he received almost £60,000 from the NHS as an early retirement pension with an additional £752 per month.
The court heard how he paid £17,000 for a remote property in a forested area of Sweden called Overkalix.
Mr Badenoch said he then began preparing for his life as a "fugitive" by changing his name and growing a beard.
The jury was told that he began using the name Carl Andersson, but also used the names, Oskar Andersson, Sten Andersson and Samuel Karlsson.
He travelled extensively throughout Sweden, often catching overnight trains and gift cards bought with cash to pay for tickets so he did not leave any "financial footprint", the court was told.
But he was eventually arrested by the Swedish authorities after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.
The 'fake Fred email account'
On the second day of his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the jury was told how Mr Beech had used an encrypted email account to contact the police, claiming to be a childhood friend called Fred, who had also suffered abuse at the hands of the paedophile ring.
Mr Badenoch QC, prosecuting, explained: "Carl Beech purported to be corresponding with another person, Fred, and ultimately Fred made contact by email with the Metropolitan Police, or so it appeared."
In one email, purportedly sent by Fred, to a psychologist who was acting as a go between with the police, he wrote: "Nick and I went through hell together, but he has dealt with it a lot better than I ever will. I have never talked things through with anyone except him and I need to give consideration on how things might impact on the life I have made for myself…I know Nick wants me to come forward and I need to see if I can do what he wants me to do, but also what is right for me."
The jury was read a series of email exchanges between the police officer leading the Operation Midland investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway and "Fred", in which she repeatedly asked to meet to discuss his abuse.
In one email, purportedly from Fred to DCI Tudway, Fred said: "I have received a threat that I take seriously. I have not told Carl about this, but if they can trace me, they can trace him."
Mr Badenoch said Northumbria Police had carried out an investigation to establish who had written the emails and had discovered that the encrypted account had been registered and created by Mr Beech.
The prosecutor explained: "When investigations were completed by police officers, again using international cooperation, they went to the email provider.
"It was an encrypted email address from which Fred was corresponding, it had not been set up by Fred. The person behind the encrypted email account was Carl Beech."
The man behind 'Fred'
The court was told that "Fred", was a pseudonym for a person called John and Northumbria Police managed to contact the real John, who was "well known" to Mr Beech and had actually the best man at his wedding.
When police spoke to him he said he had never been subject to or had witnessed any abuse.
Mr Badenoch told the jury: "Plainly this was a fabrication, a careful deceit to use an encrypted email account and this at the self same time as he was continuing his representations to the Metropolitan Police that all of these things had happened.
"This of course all adds up to a straightforward conclusion. There was no John abused with Nick in the way he alleged. He was a fabrication from beginning to end."
Nick's £34k Mustang convertible
On the opening day of the trial, members of the jury were told of a sports car on Mr Beech's drive on the day he was arrested.
The Crown's Mr Badenoch said it was not the prosecution to prove why Mr Beech had done what he did, but suggested there may have been a financial motive.
The court was told that Mr Beech had made money out of the case, successfully obtaining £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Mr Badenoch said: "The payment was made on 2 April 2015 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The £10,000 cash deposit for the white Ford Mustang convertible that was on his drive, identifiably came from that fraudulent claim."
Mr Badenoch told the jury that Mr Beech had been heavily in debt, spending beyond his means on holidays to Sweden and the United States.
He said Mr Beech appeared to have been intending to become a speaker on the international circuit on the subject of child abuse.
Police also found evidence that he had begun writing a memoir about his alleged childhood abuse, called Too Many Secrets.
Mr Badenoch said: "Speaking and writing would have provided Carl Beech with an audience and probably some income."
Immeasurable damage to public figures
Previously the court heard how Mr Beech’s allegations at the end of 2014 had caused “immeasurable damage” to numerous public figures.
Among those he accused her Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister, Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary, Field Marshall Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, and former MPs, Harvey Proctor and Greville Janner.
Police later raided the homes of Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall and Mr Proctor and subjected “suspects” to hours of questioning.
Mr Beech claimed to have been regularly removed from school so that that abuse could taken place at scores of locations, including military bases, private houses and clubs around the country.
But when detectives examined his school records they discovered he had a near perfect attendance, even winning a headmasters’ award one year when the abuse was supposed to have been at its height.
Despite claiming to have been beaten, tortuted and abused on a regular bases and telling detectives he had been left with numerous fractures, burns and scars, there was nothing in his childhood medical records to support the claims, the court heard.
Mr Beech told detectives that members of the gang had killed a school friend of his called Scott in a hit and run in 1979, describing in a tearful police interview how they had left him to die in the road.
But Mr Badenoch said extensive police inquiries had failed to find any evidence to suggest such a boy existed.
Mr Beech denies 12 count of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud and the trial continues.