Smith had 'full parental rights' over young residents

A police report has revealed that Sir Cyril Smith was interviewed by an officer in February 1970, but refused to answer questions regarding indecent assault allegations against young boys.

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Smith had 'full parental rights' over young residents

A police report has revealed that Sir Cyril Smith was interviewed by an officer in February 1970, but refused to answer questions regarding indecent assault allegations against young boys.

More: Failure to prosecute Cyril Smith a 'missed opportunity'

In a pre-prepared statement at the time, Sir Cyril stated "most emphatically" that he had not behaved indecently towards the boys.

Sir Cyril Smith is alleged to have indecently assaulted boys. Credit: PA Archive

When handing over his statement, the politician also produced a copy of an agreement, allegedly signed by the young residents, in which they agreed to allow officers of the hostel to exercise "full parental rights" over them on all matters, including "medical and general discipline".

The assaults allegedly took place in a residential hostel whose establishment Smith had been the "prime motivator" behind.

Victim: Cyril Smith 'had such a grip' on Rochdale

One of the victims abused by former Liberal MP Cyril Smith has told ITV News that the politician was such a "bully" that people were afraid to challenge his behaviour.

Eddie Shorrock told ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks that Smith had "such a grip" on the Lancashire town of Rochdale that he "would have challenged anyone" who questioned his conduct.

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Failure to prosecute Cyril Smith a 'missed opportunity'

Prosecutors missed the opportunity to stop decades of abuse from former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, an MP who has campaigned over the issue has told ITV News.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk was responding to a newly released police report from 1970 that shows police were "extremely confident" they could have successfully prosecuted Smith.

Cyril Smith 'overawed' teens with 'dominant' personality

Cyril Smith's "extremely dominant" personality made his victims reluctant to come forward with allegations, according to a police report accusing the former Liberal MP of committing numerous indecent assaults on teenage boys.

The assaults allegedly took place in a residential hostel whose establishment Smith had been the "prime motivator" behind.

A section of the redacted report that accused Cyril Smith of 'indecent practices' towards teenage boys.

The redacted document says Smith enjoyed great prestige in his home town of Rochdale, where he was "dominant in council affairs" and had "favourable publicity" from the local newspaper.

It also says the 29-stone politician's "sheer physical bulk" was one of the factors that "overawed" his young victims.

Report reveals 'veiled threats' over charging Cyril Smith

A police report from 1970 has revealed that a magistrate who knew former Liberal MP Cyril Smith issued "veiled threats" to police investigating the abuse of eight teenage boys in Rochdale.

The redacted report, from a Detective Superintendent to the Chief Constable of Lancashire police, shows how confident police were that Smith was guilty of "a sordid series of indecent episodes" involving teenage boys.

The Director of Public Prosecutions later advised against prosecuting Smith, who died in 2010.

According to the document the magistrate told officers: "In my opinion, as a Justice of the Peace, it [the allegations] is not court worthy."

The police report said there was 'prima facie' evidence of Cyril Smith's guilt. Credit: PA Images

"The prosecution can do no good at all and the backlash will have unfortunate repercussions for the police force and the town of Rochdale."

Despite these "veiled threats and innuendos", the report's author makes clear there was "prima facie" evidence that Smith was "guilty of numerous offences of indecent assault".

It also says Smith was interviewed by police at his own request and his performance was "most unimpressive".

The officer claims the then Liberal parliamentary candidate would have been "at the mercy of any competent counsel", if the decision were made to prosecute him.

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