Cyril Smith sexually and physically abused young boys Simon Israel Home Affairs Correspondent Tuesday 27 November 2012 UK Greater Manchester police have
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Cyril Smith 'sexually and physically abused young
boys' Simon Israel Home Affairs Correspondent Tuesday 27
November 2012 UK
Greater Manchester police have concluded that the former
Liberal MP, Sir Cyril Smith, was guilty of physical and sexual abuse of young
boys over a period of many years.
Allegations came from eight young men
back in 1970. They alleged that Cyril Smith subjected them to various forms of
abuse in the early sixties.
All were living were living at the privately
run children's home Cambridge House hostel, in Rochdale, at the time, or were
dependent on Cyril Smith for employment, money or welfare.
Police opened a file and sent that off to the director of public prosecutions
with 80 pages of evidence and a one-page letter from the then chief constable of
Lancashire. He wrote -
"Any charges of indecent assault founded on these
allegations, as well as being stale, would be , in my view, completely without
corroboration. Further, the characters of some of these men young men would be
likely to render their evidence suspect."
Outdated way of
Today the Crown Prosecution Service says that way of thinking
has gone and that, given the same today, Sir Cyril Smith would have been
Exclusive: Eyewitness 'saw
Thatcher aide take boys to abuse' Tuesday 06 November 2012 UK
former resident of the Wrexham care home at the centre of abuse allegations
tells Channel 4 News that he saw evidence of abuse, and remembers seeing Sir
Peter Morrison at the care home five times.
The former resident told
Channel 4 News that although he did not recognise Sir Peter at the time, he
later realised it was him.
Sir Peter, who died in 1995, was Margaret
Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary and was at the heart of the Tory
establishment during the 1980s. Recently, he has been publicly linked to abuse
at the care home.
The former resident, who was not abused himself, said:
"Going through some stuff recently and I saw his face. I know now he was the MP
for Chester at the time. Morrison. Red, wavy hair. I recognised him straight
"I saw him at Bryn Estyn, he turned up in a car, boy went off in
his car, don't know if he was in it. It was definitely his car, I saw him arrive
in it then we went to bed and we saw it drive off....
ordered an urgent investigation into whether the north Wales child abuse inquiry
"properly did its job" after fresh allegations of abuse at Bryn Estyn emerged.
It is alleged that a senior Thatcher-era politician, who has not been named, was
Describing allegations of abuse from other residents, the
former resident told Channel 4 News: "They said there was more than one, they
said they were made to drink, there was a lot of people there, there was a party
The resident said he did inform police: "I made a statement to
South Wales Police with regard to some alleged offences in SW area - a statement
was taken but didn't hear anything else about it."
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