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Met Police handling of boy's royal wedding day death investigated

Vishal Mehrotra
Image caption Vishal Mehrotra's father said he had given police evidence he was killed by "highly placed" paedophiles

The Met Police's handling of a child's disappearance on the way home from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding in 1981 is to be investigated.

Eight-year old Vishal Mehrotra was murdered on his way home to Putney.

His father said he had given the police a recording of a man who claimed Vishal had been abducted and killed by "highly placed" paedophiles.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission amid corruption allegations.

Vishal, whose father is a retired magistrate, was walking home after watching the royal wedding parade when he disappeared.

The boy's remains were found the following year in remote marshland at a farm in Rogate, near the Hampshire-West Sussex border.

The police force said: "Met were made aware of a complaint alleging corruption relating to the Met Police's original missing person investigation into the disappearance of Vishal Mehrotra via the press."

This complaint has been referred to the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards and would shortly go to the IPCC, it said.

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