In a dramatic new twist under Operation Yewtree last night, police arrested 'perhaps the most prolific offender of all time'.
At a press conference this morning a spokesman for the investigation announced: "For decades the so-called 'Tooth Fairy' has had unprecedented access to the beds of vulnerable children all over the country. None of the children realised they were being exploited. Parents thought nothing of encouraging their children to comply, unwittingly inviting this predator into their bedrooms at night, unsupervised. After leaving a derisory sum of money for the services rendered while the children were unconscious, the Tooth Fairy then took his sick trophy". Shocked parents have described the developments as 'jaw dropping'.
When interviewed, bewildered victims often said the same thing "We didn't realise there was anything wrong. It felt normal. I even got excited about it. I am so ashamed." One traumatised youth admitted he actually 'wiggled' his baby teeth so that they fell out prematurely just to get a reward from the Tooth Fairy. "I feel so used" he wept. "And I swear it wasn't me wetting the bed."
Police admitted that it had taken them rather a long time to make the connection with the theft of so many of our children's teeth. "Baby teeth are particularly highly prized due to their pale, unsullied, virginal qualities," speculated an unsettling expert in oral criminology.
A Chief Inspector from SOCA stated, "This has opened a whole new can of worms. We have leads to a major organised crime syndicate that has operated over the last few decades, with several prominent dentists implicated in the illicit 'human ivory' trade."
He went on to disclose that "These fiends used to give extracted teeth back to the children, actually encouraging these bedtime visitations from the notorious Tooth Fairy." It is believed that the criminals have recently switched their tactics, in an attempt to dissociate themselves from the risky bed-time incursions. Dentists are now directly harvesting teeth from children and unsuspecting adults, declaring the the ivory as a 'bio hazard' so that they don't have to return them to their rightful owners.
"It makes you shudder to think that this has been going on under our very noses."