I don't think anything could have been more depressing than when this article appeared in the trashy Mail newspapers:
It claimed that Wiltshire Commander Mike Veale whose force is looking into the ludicrous claims about former PM Ted Heath had made this statement.
After a firestorm of media scrutiny Veale was soon defending himself and issued a statement but the very obliqueness of that statement shows Veale disingenuously trying to claim a high moral policing ground while deftly failing to deny he had made the original statement to a third party.
In Veale's twitter feed he soon attracted 'Satan hunters' posting images and links to the Hampstead satanic hoax. The images were banned by a UK High Court after a sensational court case.
My tweets to Veale to draw his attention to the posts drew a quick response : he accused me of 'harassment' and 'borderline libel". Having no idea what "borderline libel" could possibly mean (it either is or isn't libel-no middle ground) I sent him my UK solicitor's contact details and said in the meantime I would contact the proper authorities about him allowing a breach of UK High Court injunction to appear in his timeline.
It still took nearly 2 weeks for the images to be removed.
There appears to be a section of the British police who are extreme 'Christians' who also believe in the existence of Satanic pedophile abuse rings despite there never having been a case appear in the courts.
Mike Veale breathed new life into the ridiculous Heath claims and the odd statement he finally issued where he claimed police do not judge anyone before guilt was established in court almost went out of it's way not to deny the Mail story as presented was a misquote.
The Heath investigations have to date cost over £1Million. One of the falsely accused, Lord Bramall is top receive an agreed £200,000 compensation settlement. His legal fees are estimated to be around £65,000 are to be paid by The Met.
Former politician Harvey Proctor whose life was torn apart in the same dodgy investigation, who lost his job and home is also suing the police. I expect his settlement will be far greater than Bramalls and at least £1Million.
BBC DJ Paul Gambacccini and pop star Cliff Richard are both suing for £Millions. Hard to estimate how much they will receive in the inevitable settlements that will prevent the cases being heard in an open court.