A Rochdale pub described as a "traditional boozer" by its owner, which used to be a hardware store has been named the best in Britain.
Police say they are "now publicly acknowledging that young boys were victims of physical and sexual abuse committed by Sir Cyril Smith".
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith was accused of abusing young boys in Rochdale during the 1960s, by Labour MP Simon Danczuk in the Commons
Mr Danczuk told the House of Commons he had been passed statements that were issued to the police in the 1970s making allegations against Sir Cyril Smith. He said the statements made "grim reading".
The brother of Sir Cyril Smith, who died in September 2010, attacked Simon Danczuk for calling for a fresh inquiry into claims he sexually abused young boys, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Sir Cyril's brother, Norman, told the newspaper: “I cannot believe our MP is questioning Cyril. Why now, when he is dead? Cyril always refuted doing anything wrong and that was proved by Lancashire Constabulary who said there was no case to answer.”
– Lancashire Police statement
We believe there was an investigation in the late 1960s but as no records are now held it cannot be ascertained whether a file was passed to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
These historic allegations date back more than 40 years and to a time when Rochdale was within the Lancashire Constabulary area.
While we take matters such as this extremely seriously we have not received any further allegations and at this time there is no ongoing investigation in relation to this matter.
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith has been accused of abusing young boys at Cambridge House hostel in Rochdale during the 1960s.
Simon Danczuk, MP for the area, made the allegations during a statement in the Commons this afternoon.
Cyril Smith was a political giant in Rochdale and one of the most recognisable politicians in the country. But his career was continually dogged by allegations that he had abused boys.
These allegations appeared in some of his obituaries. We know, too, that they appeared in police reports.
Though Lancashire Police have said recently that they can't find those reports, though they do accept that they carried out an investigation and it is suggested that a report was pushed to the Director of Public Prosecutions back in 1969.
A murder investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body in Rochdale.
Police found the man's body after they were called to a house following concerned reports for the welfare of the 85-year-old man.
Police do not believe the man's death to be accidental and have urged anyone with any information to contact them.
Detectives have launched murder investigation following the death of a 85-year-old man in Rochdale.
Police were called to a house on Willows Lane, Milnrow, responding to reports of a concern for the welfare of the man who lived at the house.
A Home Office post-mortem has concluded that he died from head injuries.
Dozens of young white girls who were sexually exploited by a gang of Asian men were failed by agencies that should have saved them - a damning report said. Many of the victims were "written off" by authorities.
– Keith Vaz, Commons Home Affairs Select Committee
As part of its ongoing inquiry into grooming, the committee will be recalling the chief executive of Rochdale Council to explain why social services missed opportunities to stop the exploitation of vulnerable girls, what is being done to ensure agencies are now working together to keep them safe and how individuals responsible for the failings will be held to account.
South Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable David Crompton will be questioned by MPs about his force's alleged failure to protect young teenage girls from groups of organised men who groomed and trafficked them.
Confidential documents seen by The Times (£) reportedly showed that for ten years police and social services held detailed knowledge about victims and offenders in Rotherham but rarely did anything to protect the children.
Files seen by the newspaper identified links between predatory groups in Rotherham and hundreds of young girls. Most named offenders were reportedly of Pakistani heritage and there has only been one group prosecution in 2010.