The authorities have a lot to answer for – yes they have and we probably don’t know half of it yet!
All credit to the diligence of the Exaro team.
My Exaro colleagues Nick Fielding and Tim Wood deserve a big commendation for doggedly pursuing the Crown prosecution Service to force them to release a damning report revealing how the authorities missed their opportunity to prosecute paedophile MP Cyril Smith while he was alive.
After using the Freedom of Information Act the CPS has finally a year later released a police report showing the Rochdale authorities knew what Sir Cyril was up to – but the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute,.
The police superintendent in charge of the investigation in 1970 wrote;
“It seems impossible to excuse his conduct. Over a considerable period of time, whilst sheltering beneath a veneer of respectability, he has used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”
No action was taken, and the paedophile MP was free to continue…
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