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Carl Beech ‘did not know’ alleged abusers’ names

Carl Beech named only Jimmy Savile and his stepfather as abusers in his first police interview, a court hears.
Carl Beech in a police interview in 2014Image copyrightCrown Prosecution Service

A man accused of making false claims of abuse and murder against a string of public figures named just two people – his stepfather and Jimmy Savile – when he first told police, a court heard.

Carl Beech, 51, said in a police interview in 2012 – which was shown to the jury at Newcastle Crown Court – that he had been abused by a “group”.

But he did not name all those he later accused at that point.

He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.

Beech, who has been described in court as a “committed and manipulative” paedophile himself, claimed he witnessed three child murders and had been sexually abused by a dozen senior figures.