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Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang face possible deportation to Pakistan after Court of Appeal judges upheld a decision to strip them of their British citizenship. Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf (pictured, left to right) were among nine men jailed in May 2012 after being found…
Child abuse allegations against Cyril Smith are "scurrilous hearsay", former Liberal leader Lord Steel has said. The peer said "nothing has been proved" yet about the late MP and warned against "tittle-tattle". Smith allegedly raped boys at Rochdale's Knowl View residential school, which closed in 1992, and abused boys at…
A "valuable opportunity" was missed to prosecute Rochdale's former Liberal MP Cyril Smith during his lifetime in the late 1990s, a child sexual abuse inquiry found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded authorities in the town showed a "total lack of urgency" to address the sexual exploitation…
Child sexual abuse involving pupils at Knowl View happened from its early years onwards and continued for 20 years, an independent panel found. The council-run residential school in Rochdale was set up in 1969 to house boys aged from seven to 16 with a "wide range of needs and adverse…
A Labour councillor said to have lied to an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rochdale is facing a possible police investigation. Richard Farnell told a panel last year he was unaware of issues of abuse involving a residential school in the town while he was leader of Rochdale…
Prime Minister Theresa May has given assurances to an MP that Government papers relating to the late Cyril Smith will not be withheld. Former shadow minister Lisa Nandy told the Commons that she had received a letter from the Prime Minister which stated the "work of the security services will…
The leader of Rochdale Council has dismissed claims he knew about allegations of child sexual abuse in the early 90s, insisting his colleague "is lying". The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining how the late MP Cyril Smith (pictured) and others were able to target youngsters at institutions…
An alleged victim of late MP Cyril Smith has described being denied urgent medical attention for a ruptured appendix until the politician had finished "fondling" him. The man, speaking anonymously, told the national child abuse inquiry that he suffered both physical and sexual abuse when staying at the Cambridge House…
MI5 intelligence on allegations of paedophilia by the late politician Cyril Smith "raises a spectre of collusion" which could explain why he escaped justice, an inquiry has heard. A dossier of information on the Liberal MP was held by the security services and has been disclosed to the Independent Inquiry…
Margaret Thatcher's decision to approve suspected child abuser Cyril Smith for a knighthood helped him maintain close ties to children's services, an inquiry has heard. The late politician received the honour in 1988 despite knowledge "at the very highest level of politics" about past allegations of his sexual abuse, the…
Two victims of abuse in Rochdale fear they will not live to see the outcome of the far-reaching child sexual abuse inquiry, their counsel has said. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will look at allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys'…
Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
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