TWO MEN filmed themselves raping a boy in a flat in a notorious complex linked to claims of child abuse by high-profile figures, a former detective says.
A police raid on Dolphin Square in London’s Pimlico area in 1985 uncovered a small-scale film studio in the living room of a first-floor apartment.
Officers were acting on a tip-off that a boy, aged about 11, had been taken into the premises against his will.
A forensic examination came to nothing.
However, a few months later a sickening sex video was seized in the West End in which an officer recognised the flat as the location.
In the 15-minute film, two welldressed men are filmed from the neck down abusing a boy of about 11.
A number of alleged victims have come forward to claim they were taken to flats in the riverside complex in Pimlico and abused by MPs and other members of the Establishment.
One former victim, now in his 40s, says a young boy was strangled to death there.
A police insider revealed last night: “Officers [from Operation Midland, the Met investigation into a paedophile ring at Westminster] have been told the Met raided a flat and stumbled on lighting equipment and a camera. They are taking this very seriously because it could provide a vital breakthrough.
“Photographs were taken and officers later matched it to one used in a video where a young boy was raped by two smartly dressed men [with] a third who was filming. Their identities are still a mystery as is that of the poor boy.”
The raid was carried out by West End Central police on the lookout for a runaway from Soho.
One of the officers present was former Detective Inspector Geoff Platt, who retired in 2001 and is now a successful author.
He said last night: “The lights and the camera looked professional and expensive, worth a few thousand pounds but they’d been discarded. Someone had left in a hurry. The camera was set up between two chairs and was focused on a patch of floor in the middle of the room.
“We had the lights and cameras tested but nothing came back – but forensic tests 30 years ago were not nearly as thorough as they are now.
“At the time we had a number of officers who had the unenviable task of watching a number of pornographic videos, including those featuring children, which had been seized in Soho.
“A WPC matched photos we had taken of the flat with one particular video showing a young white boy of about 11 being raped. The video had no audio, so we couldn’t pick up voices or accents. However, it showed two men with the boy who were only seen from the neck down.
“They were undoubtedly wealthy, both were wearing expensive looking suits, which they took off to reveal a middle-aged spread around the waist.
“One of the men had a scar just under his belly button but there were no other distinguishable marks.
“Despite our best efforts we couldn’t find out who any on the film were.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said last night: “We do not give a running commentary on investigations.”