MP’s brother held in sex abuse inquiry

Police investigating historic sex crime claims have arrested the half-brother of senior Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

Charles Napier, 65, was held over alleged child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London.

Mr Whittingdale, 53, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said of his half-brother’s arrest: “If allegations have been made, of course I accept the police should investigate this.”

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Police launched an inquiry following claims by MP Tom Watson, who said in October that information on a paedophile ring had not been followed up by police.

Scotland Yard said a 65-year-old man had been arrested at an address in Dorset and taken into custody locally.