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WATCH: Inquiry into Rochdale sex abuse says it 'defies belief' council leader was unaware

A former council leader has been suspended by his party and facing a possible police investigation, over his evidence at an inquiry into historical child sexual abuse.

A report has concluded that Richard Farnell lied under oath when he said he hadn't known what was going on in Rochdale. He's insisting tonight he told the truth.

The Independent Inquiry into the sexual abuse of children was damning in its criticism of the way the authorities responded to the abuse of 40 boys. That abuse stretched over three decades and involved boys as young as eight and shockingly saw some of these boys as "authors of their own abuse."

Our correpondent Matt O'Donoghue brings us this report.


Report into allegations of sex abuse to be released

A report into allegations of sexual abuse of children in Greater Manchester is being released later.

The independent investigation examined claims of abuse at Knowl View School and other institutions where children were placed by Rochdale Borough Council.

The former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was named among the offenders.

Former social worker Martin Digan has spent more than 2 decades trying to get to the truth of what happened.

Man charged after children assaulted in Mosque

A man has been charged after children were assaulted in a Mosque in Rochdale.

Abdul Rauf, 52, of Sussex Street, Rochdale charged with two section 47 assaults against two boys aged 10 and 12 and 19 charges of section 39 assault against unidentified children.

These charges relate to an investigation into assaults on children at a Mosque on Crawford Street in Rochdale.

Rauf will appear at Minshull Street Crown Court on Wednesday 25 April 2018.


M62 Eastbound closed near Rochdale

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There are delays on the M62 Eastbound this morning after overrunning roadworks has kept the motorway closed.

It's affecting the stretch between Simister Island and Rochdale, with congestion stretching on the M61 to J2, and on M60 to J14.

Highways England say there are problems laying the tarmac.

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