LADY Brittan - the widow of former Home Secretary and North Yorkshire MP Lord Brittan - along with Lord Bramall have received a reported £100,000 in compensation from Scotland Yard over its doomed VIP sex abuse probe.

The Metropolitan Police raided the homes of the late Lord Brittan and D-Day veteran and former head of the Army Lord Bramall during the 16-month Operation Midland inquiry.

But the force faced a storm of criticism over the £2.5 million investigation into claims made by a single accuser, known only as “Nick”, of a high-level paedophile ring linked to Westminster.

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It closed without a single arrest and, after a scathing review found there were “numerous errors”, the Independent Police Complaints Commission opened an investigation into a detective chief inspector and two junior detectives over allegations they may have misled a district judge in order to obtain search warrants.

A spokeswoman for the Met said: “We can confirm the Met has reached a settlement with Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan.”

But she declined to confirm the amount of the award and said she had no information on any settlement with former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who has been a fierce critic of the force since the probe collapsed and he was cleared.

The Daily Telegraph said the figure paid out was £100,000 and the settlements included confidentiality clauses.

Former Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised to those named during the probe, while Lord Bramall spoke of his anger that his wife died before he had been cleared.

And Lady Brittan hit out after it emerged police decided her husband had no case to answer, but failed to tell him before he died of cancer.

The Northern Echo:

APOLOGY: Lady Brittan, left, received an apology from police after her home was raided during inquiries into sex allegations levelled against her late husband Lord Brittan. Picture: MARTIN KEENE/PA ARCHIVE

Lord Brittan, of Spennithorne, near Leyburn, who was previously the MP for Richmond, died of cancer in 2015, but was unaware that police had decided there was no case for him to answer over allegations that he raped a 19-year-old student in 1967.

The Crown Prosecution Service found in July 2013 that there was not enough evidence for a prosecution, but the decision was never passed on to the peer.

The case was reopened in 2014 after MP Tom Watson wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions and Lord Brittan was interviewed under caution, when he was seriously ill.

The allegations again fell through, but his family were again not told.