On 22 July 2019, a two-month trial at Newcastle Crown Court ended with the conviction of Carl Beech on twelve counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. He had spun a web of falsehoods naming dozens of men - alive and dead - from the world of politics, the army, and the security services, of murder and paedophilia. In my opinion, the Carl Beech saga shames the British justice system, with the Metropolitan Police uncritically believing the complainant. The credulity of police and politicians allowed a paedophile and a fantasist to drag innocent men’s names through the mud. Was the conduct of the Met’s detectives in this case driven by a misguided desire to secure high-profile political scalps?