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Files on historic child abuse 'can't be found'

A review into how the Home Office handled historic child sex abuse allegations at Westminster in the 1980s has reportedly been unable to uncover any of the crucial missing files that prompted the investigation.

The BBC reports that the so-called 'Dickens Dossier', handed to the Home Office by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, has not been found.

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Home Secretary: Wanless report into abuse 'due next week'

A review into how the Home Office dealt with an investigation into child sex abuse allegations between 1979 and 1999 will be published next week, Home Secretary Theresa May announced.

The probe led by NSPCC chief Peter Wanless looked at allegations that the Home Office failed to act on allegations contained in a dossier that former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens passed to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1983.

The review will be published as a wider inquiry into historical child sex abuse gets under way despite its chairwoman, Fiona Woolf, dramatically resigning on Friday following disclosures about her links to Lord Brittan.

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