Detectives are investigating alleged sexual abuse of boys at another school linked to late Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith. Cumbria police are known to be investigating abuse of boys at Underley Hall special school, dating back to the 1970’s. But Exaro can reveal that Smith opened the residential school in 1976 and is understood to have stayed the night there regularly.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse because they say that his claim is out of time.
Their stance could hit many who were sexually abused decades ago as children in the care of Rochdale borough council, where the paedophile MP Sir Cyril Smith was a dominant figure for many years.
Church leaders have earmarked £2 million for counselling and other support for victims of child sex abuse by priests, Exaro can reveal. The move is part of a determined effort by Justin Welby, who became archbishop of Canterbury last year, to tackle what he sees as the Church of England’s paedophile problem. Anglican and Methodist leaders want the money to help paedophile priests’ victims.
Prosecutors are to reinstate key charges under ‘Operation Fernbridge’ after Exaro exposed how they had wrongly assessed evidence of child sex abuse. The mistaken assessment of the evidence led the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) late last year to withdraw charges that were based on one key witness’s allegations of sexual abuse by two men – a manager of a children’s home and a priest. Updated 15 August 2014
Exaro won a year-long battle to force the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose a damning police report on former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith. The report of 1970 raises fresh concerns about why the director of public prosecutions (DPP) at the time failed to charge Smith, who was then a prominent councillor in Rochdale and candidate to become the town’s MP.
Home secretary Theresa May has promised to consult interested parties before appointing someone new to chair the inquiry into child sex abuse. May gave the undertaking at a meeting with six of the seven MPs who initiated a call for the overarching inquiry. The MPs said that she was determined to avoid the debacle over the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss.
At least two MPs have received an explosive audio recording that threatens to blow the lid off the paedophile scandal at Westminster. The digital recording is of an ex-Customs officer who positively identifies a former Conservative cabinet minister as being captured on a video of child sex abuse. MPs are considering whether to name the ex-minister on the video in Parliament.
Home secretary Theresa May has received a fresh warning that Baroness Butler-Sloss may not be able to chair the new inquiry into child sex abuse. May was surprised to learn that the baroness’s brother, the late Lord Havers as attorney general, limited an investigation into the sexual abuse of children 30 years ago at Kincora boys’ home in Northern Ireland. Updated 14 July 2014 1.30pm
MPs held parties at a block of luxury apartments near Westminster where they and other VIPs sexually abused children, detectives have learnt. Two men came forward separately to Exaro several months ago to tell how they were taken as boys to parties at Dolphin Square, a block where many MPs have their London flats. There, the two men allege, they were raped.
MPs are to meet home secretary Theresa May to press for survivors of child sex abuse to serve on the panel for the newly-announced inquiry. The cross-party group of seven MPs, led by the Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith, who sent the joint letter last month to call on May to set up the inquiry into child sex abuse have written to her again to ask for a meeting to discuss panel members.
MPs have come under intense pressure by MI5 and MI6 to censor a critical report of intelligence failings over the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. Senior officers from the Security Service, MI5, and the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, confronted MPs and peers on Parliament’s intelligence and security committee over the report at a tense meeting last month, Exaro can reveal.