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CPS to review decision not to charge Lord Janner

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it will review its decision not to charge the Labour peer Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse.

Lord Janner Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The decision by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders not to proceed with court action against the the 86-year-old will now be revisited by an independent external barrister under its Victims' Right to Review scheme, the CPS said.

The CPS Victims' Right to Review scheme was set up to give complainants the ability to ask the CPS to review its decisions - usually when there has been a decision not to prosecute.

The CPS has been asked to invoke this process in the case of Lord Janner and that review is now taking place.

– CPS statement

Lord Janner was accused of a string of historic child sex abuse allegations during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s but deemed unfit to stand trial because he is suffering from dementia.

Child abuse inquiry will investigate Lord Janner claims

The independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse will investigate the allegations made against Lord Greville Janner, it has been confirmed.

Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealander appointed to head the inquiry, has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions for the full files held on Lord Janner, who is accused of a string of abuses during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Justice Lowell Goddard said she would be taking responsibility for the investigation Credit: PA Wire

Justice Goddard said that "the depth of public concern" over the Janner case "exemplifies the need for a thorough and wholly independent investigation into the adequacy of institutional responses to child sexual abuse, particularly where persons in positions of influence are alleged to have abused children in institutional settings and have, for one reason or another, escaped prosecution over a number of years."

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Lawyers make fresh bid for Lord Janner trial

Lawyers representing alleged victims of Lord Janner are making a new attempt to overturn the decision not to prosecute the peer.

The Labour lord has been accused of multiple counts of child sex abuse, but was ruled medically unfit to stand trial due to his advanced dementia.

Lord Greville Janner Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Wire

Peter Garsden, who is representing three people in a civil child abuse claim against the former MP, has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to clarify the reasoning for her decision.

Mr Garsden said the decision not to bring criminal charges - even though the CPS said there was enough evidence to prosecute - had left his clients "outraged".

He added: "We are considering the possibility of judicial review."

Labour peer's office raided as part of sex abuse inquiry

Lord Janner's north London home was raided last year. He has not been arrested or charged. Credit: Reuters

Police have searched the House of Lords office of Labour peer Lord Greville Janner in connection with historic child sex abuse allegations.

Leicestershire Police confirmed its officers searched part of the House of Lords in March and said the former MP had not been arrested or charged.

A spokeswoman said the search was carried out in line with Lords' procedures and monitored by senior officials.

She said: "Leicestershire Police can confirm that in March 2014 its officers carried out a search of part of the House of Lords in connection with an ongoing inquiry into non-recent child sexual abuse.

The search follows a raid of the peer's home in Barnet, north London last year.

Labour peer 'assisting the police with their enquiries'

Labour peer Lord Janner has been assisting the police with their enquiries, a spokesperson told ITV News.

They said:

Lord Janner has not been arrested but has been assisting the police with their enquiries.

We are not able to make any further comment at this time.

Peer's home raided in historical sex abuse investigation

Police have raided the home of Labour peer Lord Janner as part of an investigation into historical allegations of sex abuse.

File photo of Lord Janner Credit: Reuters

Leicestershire Police confirmed that officers had searched a property in Barnet, north London and said that the former MP had not been arrested.

A spokesman said, "Leicestershire Police can confirm its officers have executed a search warrant at a property in Barnet, London, as part of an ongoing criminal enquiry. No arrests have been made at this stage."

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