London Police Probe Child Murders Amid Historic Sex-Abuse Claims

London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating the murder of three boys as part of a probe into historical sexual abuse that may have involved prominent figures in the 1970s and 1980s.

Police said today they believe the abuse took place at various locations across the U.K. capital, including military bases and the upscale Dolphin Square apartment complex in the Pimlico district. One witness has spoken to police saying he was abused between the ages of seven and 16 by a man on his own, groups of men and at parties.

“I believe that there were other boys who were abused or who were present while the abuse took place,” Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who heads the probe, said at a briefing for reporters, appealing for further victims to come forward. “I would ask you to trust me. I will support you, and do everything in my power to find those responsible and bring them to justice. I need your accounts to help me do that.”

U.K. authorities have spent more than two years investigating decades-old allegations of sexual abuse made against celebrities, some of whom have been given lengthy jail terms when found guilty. The probes began in 2012 with accusations against the late BBC television star, Jimmy Savile, triggering a scandal at the broadcaster.

“We have spoken to a number of people who have alluded to VIPs” being involved in the abuse, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse told reporters.

Police said that no other witnesses or victims have come forward so far to corroborate the claims.

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