Four police officers have been served gross misconduct notices for failing to pass on warnings about a paedophile cancer doctor with links to Peterborough.
Myles Bradbury, 41 was jailed for 22 years for abusing 18 vulnerable children he was supposed to be caring for at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Bradbury, who was part of a 15-strong group who went to Swaziland to help orphaned children with KingsGate Church, based in Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough, was described as a ‘cold and calculating monster’ and used a spy pen which held 170,000 images of his victims.
Despite being told by police in Canada that Bradbury was buying child porn on the internet, investigators in the UK failed to act for 16 months, classifying him as ‘low risk’.
The police’s national Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) was given the information from Toronto police in July 2012.
But it was not forwarded to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Police until the National Crime Agency took over CEOP in November 2013 and Bradbury was arrested a month later.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has now served notices on four officers who held management roles in CEOP.
An IPCC spokesman said since the incident two of the officers have retired, one is at the NCA and one, who was on secondment from Lincolnshire Police, has returned there.
He said: “All four notices are for failing to adequately progress and manage the referral by Toronto Police from Project Spade.
“The investigation remains ongoing.”
Bradbury exploited his job as a respected paediatrician to target young boys, all of whom had cancer or blood disorders, between 2009 and 2013.
He would abuse them behind screens, sometimes with their parents in the room.
Bradbury’s name was one of about 2,345 British suspects on a list given to CEOP by Canadian police in 2012.
When Bradbury was sentenced, a spokesman for KingsGate Church in Peterborough said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened at the actions of Dr Myles Bradbury and at the devastating impact that these have had on the lives of many.”
A former deputy head Martin Goldberg, who worked at Thorpe Hall School in Southend, Essex, was also on the list.
He had images of children undressing in changing rooms in his possession.
Goldberg was found dead the day after being interviewed by police.