A notorious serial killer belonged to an organised gang of paedophiles who may still be at large, a report has claimed.
Police are reviewing links between Levi Bellfield, who murdered the schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002, and a number of white and Asian men suspected to have groomed and sexually abused teenage girls.
At least six suspected paedophiles who associated with Bellfield may have escaped justice for their crimes, and could still be offending today, it is feared.
The internal council report on child sexual exploitation comes seven years after Bellfield was handed a whole life sentence for murdering the schoolgirl, who disappeared near her home in 2002.
He had already been given three life sentences in 2008 for the murders of Amélie Delagrange, a 22-year-old French student, and 190-year-old Marsha McDonnell. Detectives involved in the murder cases have long suspected that he may have been part of a paedophile gang.
The new report commissioned by Hillingdon council examined his activities in the early 2000s. It identifies seven men, closely associated with Bellfield, who may have got away with sexually abusing a number of young girls.
The author of the report, senior social worker Debbie Weissang, found seventeen victims of the gang, with allegations ranging from the early 2000s to last year. One 14-year-old girl is said by Ms Weissang to have been abused in a “raping room” after Bellfield slipped her the date rape drug GHB during a party, according to the Sunday Times.
Another friend of Bellfield named in the report is Suraj Gharu, who was jailed for five years in 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old who was in care at Hillingdon Council children’s home.
Author Debbie Weissang said police and the council must now take action to ensure alleged members of Bellfield’s gang did not escape justice.
“It should all be properly reviewed,” she said.
“Perhaps more should have been done by the council and police at the time, but we have got to look at what was going on back then. There wasn’t the awareness of these issues in the way there is now. People didn’t have the skills and knowledge, so it’s not about blame.”
The Met said its allegations would be “investigated where appropriate”.
Levi Bellfield 'belonged to paedophile gang who escaped justice'
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