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A former head of the Army thumped the desk as he told police questioning him that allegations he was part of a VIP paedophile ring were "ridiculous". Footage of Lord Bramall's reaction during the 2015 interview was shown to the jury in the trial of Carl Beech, 51, who denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. The peer, a D-Day veteran aged 95, was too ill to attend the trial in person. His wife died in 2015 before detectives announced they were not charging him. But Newcastle Crown Court was played the video of Lord Bramall's police interview in April 2015, weeks after his home had been raided by the Metropolitan Police, as part of the case against Mr Beech. M... Full story

17 June