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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…
A social worker from south Wales, who is currently serving nine years in prison for historic child sex abuse, has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers. A Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing last week found that Luke West’s fitness to practise was impaired because of…
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…
Eight men have been charged in connection with allegations of historical abuse at a former children's home. The charges all relate to allegations of abuse of youngsters at Wisteria Lodge in Coventry in the West Midlands between 1981 and 1997. The home, which used to stand in Earlsdon Avenue South,…
The Scottish Government has been urged to bring in new legislation to outlaw the "shameful" and "immoral" practice of sex for rent deals. The SNP conference in Glasgow unanimously passed a motion calling on ministers to consider introducing a new law that would make it an offence to advertise accommodation…
Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed. They made up nearly 20% of the organisation's caseload in 2016-17 - compared with less than a tenth a decade ago after a huge surge in…
Scotland's Social Security Minister has challenged Theresa May to show "compassion" and end the "injustice" of the so-called rape clause. Jeane Freeman, a former Labour adviser who is now an SNP MSP, launched a fierce attack on welfare changes brought in by the Conservatives at Westminster. Of these she said…
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…
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