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Abuse investigation at Rochdale school widens

Knowl View School in Rochdale

Greater Manchester Police say there are now 21 suspects in the investigation into alleged abuse at Knowl View School, including former staff and pupils.

The former MP for Rochdale, the late Cyril Smith

Seven of those are unidentified, the other 14 have been named and include the former MP for Rochdale the late Cyril Smith.

Officers say 10 new alleged victims have come forward as part of the investigation nine of those claim they were abused at Knowl View.

Seven claim they were abused by Cyril Smith.

Detectives say the investigation is growing every day and they're trying to establish if officials had known about what was allegedly happening at the school.

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Police to investigate claims of sexual abuse by Cyril Smith

Police are to investigate claims there was a cover-up of widespread sexual abuse by the former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith at two schools in the town. The Liberal MP, who died in 2010, is alleged to have abused young boys at Knowl View and Cambridge House.

Several men say they told police they'd been physically and sexually abused by Smith in the 1960s and 70s - but no action was taken.

Cyril Smith's family deny he had any involvement in the abuse of children.

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Rochdale MP calls for independent inquiry into sex abuse

The Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says he wants an independent inquiry into whether Rochdale Council knew about Cyril Smith's abuse of children, and what action they took.

Smith died in 2010 aged 82, he was an MP from 1972 to 1992. His family have always denied he had any involvement in child abuse.

Council to investigate decision making over Knowl View abuse allegations

Rochdale Council has announced a formal investigation into their decision making in relation to sexual abuse at Knowl View.

They instructed new QC, Neil Garnham to carry out the review alongside Greater Manchester Police.

Knowl View School

They said considerable progress had been made in terms of identifying potential witnesses and expect there will be a report by the end of July 2014.

The council said an independent review of all information available to the council suggests that between 1961 and 1995 sexual abuse of children took place at premises owned by the council.

The review aims to find out whether there was a pattern of abuse and whether the abuse of children was tolerated, facilitated or promoted by the council and if there was a culture which inhibited the prevention of abuse.

Police appeal for Knowl View victims to come forward

Cyril Smith

The investigation into sex abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale, linked to the dead MP Cyril Smith, will widen the scope of its review to consider the allegations of abuse, and the town council's reaction to them.

Leader of Rochdale Council Colin Lambert appeared with Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, who appealed for victims to come forward and said police trying to trace 'a significant number' of victims.

Chief Constable Fahy also said police have a 'number' of suspects, but have made no arrests at the moment.

Police said these cases are 'extremely difficult' and take time, but his force were determined to carry out a thorough investigation.

Review to examine allegations of 'culture of abuse'

The review into abuse allegations at Knowl View in Rochdale will examine if there was a "culture of abuse" at the school.

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