Police under investigation over handling of Lord Janner child sex abuse claims

Lord Greville Janner Credit: PA

Eleven police officers or staff are under criminal investigation over theirhandling of child sex abuse allegations against late politician Lord GrevilleJanner.

The peer and former Leicester MP, who died aged 87 in December, is alleged to have abused children over a period spanning more than 30 years and dating back to the 1950s.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has told 11 individuals that they are under investigation for both alleged criminal offences and gross misconduct, as part of an inquiry into Leicestershire Police's handling of the claims.

It would not reveal how many are police officers and how many are staff. In January a report by High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques found thatfailures by police and prosecutors meant three chances were missed to charge Lord Janner.

He said that in 1991 prosecutors made the wrong decision not to charge Lord Janner after an "inadequate" police investigation, in 2002 Leicestershire Police failed to pass claims made by a second alleged victim to prosecutors, and in 2007 a flawed decision was made not to charge the politician when a third man came forward.

The peer was later charged with a string of sexual offences dating back to the 1960s, but he died in December 2015, days after he was found unfit to stand trial at the Old Bailey.

A special hearing known as a trial of the facts was due to take place, butcriminal proceedings were formally dropped in the wake of his death, leaving his nine alleged victims "devastated".

The Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders was at the centre of acontroversy after originally deciding Lord Janner, who had dementia, should not be charged because of his ill health. That decision was overturned by anindependent review.

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The claims against him are now being examined as part of the IndependentInquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.

In March a preliminary hearing was told that Lord Janner had abused children over a period spanning more than 30 years and dating back to the 1950s. It was claimed he had arranged for victims "in whom he had a sexual interest" to be brought to the Houses of Parliament.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: