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Police launch murder investigation after attack in Rochdale

Credit: Granada reports

Greater Manchester Police have launched a murder investigation after 28-year-old man was killed in Drake Street in Rochdale this morning.

He was attacked just after midnight near the Muddy Duck pub, he was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital where he later passed away.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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New claims of a Cyril Smith cover-up

Cyril Smith died in 2010. Credit: Press Association.

A former police officer claims he was threatened with the Official Secrets Act after he found Cyril Smith in the home of a known sex offender with young boys present.

The officer, who has not been named, told the Manchester Evening News he was ordered, ‘in no uncertain terms’, to say nothing about it.

Smith, the former Rochdale MP who died in 2010, sexually and physically abused young boys.

Both Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service said if Smith had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted.

“I want to make an appeal for anyone who has information about the way the authorities including Greater Manchester police dealt with reports of child abuse to come forward.

“I also appeal to victims who suffered abuse in care homes and other institutions who made complaints then or have suffered in silence and not reported what they went through to consider contacting the police or indeed one of the children's or survivors charities.

– Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information which could help Operation Clifton, the investigation into Smith's activities, is urged to call Greater Manchester Police's incident room on 0161 856 0310 or the Police Complaints Commission.

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Investigation into Met abuse claims 'significant'

What is really significant about the launch of the investigation into the cover-up claims involving the Metropolitan Police is the range of allegations - 14 referrals spanning four decades.

The police watchdog said the allegations were of "high-level corruption".

This is significant but investigators leading this have no idea where or when this might all now end.

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IPCC probe linked to Westminster investigation

The IPCC probe into an alleged cover up at the Metropolitan Police of child sex offences arose from Operation Fairbank.

Operation Fairbank is an investigation into alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring.

A Met Police spokesman said: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission have today announced they will manage the investigations by the Metropolitan Police Service's directorate of professional standards, concerning historic allegations of impropriety by police officers when dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.

"The allegations emerged whilst officers were working on Operation Fairbank and relate to the period between 1970 - 2005.

"The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) recognised the severity of the allegations, and the importance of understanding whether or not our officers had in the past acted inappropriately, and therefore voluntarily referred the 16 separate allegations to the IPCC.

"Ongoing investigations and recent convictions by officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command have shown that the MPS is fully committed to investigating non-recent allegations of sexual abuse."

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Met Police 'covered up child sex crimes due to MP and police involvement'

The police watchdog is investigating claims that Scotland Yard covered up child sex offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it is investigating 14 referrals detailing alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police which relate to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s.

The allegations include:

  • Suppressing evidence
  • Hindering or halting investigations
  • Covering up the offences because of the involvement of members of parliament and police officers.

Sarah Green, deputy chair of the IPCC, said: "These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature. We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set.

"Allegations of this nature are of grave concern and I would like to reassure people of our absolute commitment to ensuring that the investigations are thorough and robust."

Gang smash through factory to steal £50K worth of copper

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Police are investigating after a gang smashed through a factory wall taking up to £50,000 worth of copper granules. The business on Buckley road in Rochdale has been hit twice in one week in what officers are calling 'highly planned' raids.

The first happened on the 9th of February, and the second on Valentines day. The gang managed to knock a 3ft by 3ft hole in the brick wall before shovelling more than nine tonnes of copper granules worth around £40,000 into large drums. They then drove off in a white Transit van and/or a dark coloured car. On the second occasion brickwork was again removed from one of the outer walls and the gang got away with £10,000 worth of granules.

Copper granules

It is clear these were not opportunistic break-ins: these was executed after a great deal of pre-planning and organisation by a gang of professional criminals who were intent on stealing thousands of pounds worth of metal.

"They are obviously well aware that the granules could be lucrative if sold on the black market and have gone to considerable lengths to transport more than ten tonnes worth of copper, striking twice in the space of just five days.

– Police Constable Lorraine Norbury
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