Former Rochdale MP Sir Cyril has been accused of molesting teenage boys at a boys’ hostel and secondary school in the 1960s

Ministers have been accused of ‘sitting on their hands’ instead of investigating claims Sir Cyril Smith sexually abused a string of young boys. Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said the government should be probing a possible cover-up of allegations against the Liberal. His criticisms came as the Crown Prosecution Service finally recovered its file on the case, dating back to the 1960s. Three more victims have come forward in the last 24 hours to say they were molested by Sir Cyril – taking the tally into double figures. Only one has so far gone to police. Lancashire police are now pro-actively seeking out possible victims, as they appear to be contacting the media rather than detectives. Former Rochdale MP Sir Cyril – who died in 2010 – has been accused of molesting teenage boys at a boys’ hostel and secondary school in the 1960s. It is understood a police investigation at the time came to nothing after the director of public prosecution deemed it not ‘in the public interest’. But a number of former police officers have claimed it was actually quashed due to Sir Cyril’s government connections. After mounting public pressure, the PS confirmed it has now recovered the original allegations from the time. spokesman said: “We have located a file in relation to allegations dating back to the 1960s and we are now looking into its contents.” Mr Danczuk has written to Keir Starmer, the current director of public prosecutions, demanding to know when the contents of the file will be published. He used a House of Commons debate to demand ministers investigate a range of allegations made by victims and former police officers. Home Office minister Jeremy Brown said victims should speak to the police, while anyone with concerns about the police should speak to the Independent Police omplaints ommission. He did not address the question of a cover up or any potential government investigation. Speaking after the debate Mr anczuk said: “I am appalled at the response by the Home Office minister. ll evidence seems to be pointing towards a cover-up of yril Smith’s abuse of children. Ministers should not be sitting on their hands and doing nothing. “They must act to make sure that victims do not have to go through the painful experience of a second cover-up of abuse.” Lancashire police spokesman confirmed one victim had so far approached them, adding: “We would continue to encourage anyone else who believed they may have been a victim to come forward.” Greater Manchester Police said it had not received any allegations We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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