Another abuse claim over late MP Smith

Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 00:00

A council is reviewing its manual records of a former local authority school as another alleged victim of Sir Cyril Smith said yesterday he was abused by him there in 1979.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said yesterday the late Liberal Democrat MP sexually and physically abused young boys in the 1960s as there was “overwhelming evidence” against him.

Three files regarding his actions were passed to first the director of public prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service but on each occasion no prosecution was pursued.

Smith was secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association and was accused of abusing eight youngsters at Cambridge House hostel in similar fashion by spanking and touching them.

He is now linked to similar allegations at council-run Knowl View school for vulnerable boys, which closed in 1992. One of two recent complaints made to GMP about Smith is in relation to Knowl View in Rochdale, police sources confirmed. The force investigated his involvement with the school in the 1980s and 1990s but no claims of sexual abuse were made against him at the time. – (PA)