Over the last few days the allegations of abuse made against the late Sir Cyril Smith have been very much in the public domain.
Following the release of Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk’s book a number of the individuals abused by Smith have sought answers. They quite rightly want to know why, when it was clear in the 1970s there was a prima facie case against Mr Smith a decision was taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute him.
In September 2013 the Channel 4 documentary Dispatches detailed how in 1970, following abuse allegations being made against Smith, statements were taken by Police but yet there was never a formal prosecution. Smith who was also interviewed at the time denied the abuse allegations but there was never anything to suggest that the Police investigating doubted the victims.
Forty years on and the six people who I am representing in these abuse claims want some form of closure and the only way this can happen is for there to be a thorough investigation into why there was not a prosecution.
In an interview this morning with BBC Radio 5 Live Tim Lawton MP stated that “a lot have heard whispers about Smith” and when questioned further he not surprisingly declined to go into more detail on live radio. However, I would ask on behalf of my clients that if anyone knows anything about these abuse allegations or was aware of what was happening at Cambridge House or Knowl View to come forward.
Certainly for those victims of abuse at Knowl View it is hoped that the Andrew Warnock QC investigations will provide some answers. The Council instructed a lawyer earlier this year to investigate and review the decisions made in relation to the boys home and his report is due to be published next month. However in the meantime Greater Manchester Police have the task of reviewing the 33 archive file boxes which were until recently undiscovered. We can only hope that there is information contained in these boxes which will assist.
Anyone who either worked or resided at Cambridge House or Knowl View at the time when Smith was a regular attendee is invited to contact Slater and Gordon's specialist Abuse Team who are representing the victims on freephone 0800 916 9046 or 020 7657 1787. Any information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
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