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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…
More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the sexual health aid worker who first uncovered sexual abuse dramatised in BBC drama Three Girls to be recognised by the Government. Sara Rowbotham's work was said to have played a crucial role in exposing the abuse of young…
A former police detective who played a key role in bringing child sex abusers in Rochdale to justice has said a number of potential offenders are still at large. Detective Constable Maggie Oliver (pictured) persuaded young girls who were being sexually abused in the town to speak to police leading…
Viewers watching a BBC drama about the Rochdale abuse scandal have said they had to switch off because it was too disturbing while others heaped praise on the show and said it should be shown in schools. Three Girls tells the true story of widespread grooming and sexual assault of…
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