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.

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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.”

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.