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Sir Cyril Smith cover-up probe 'not priority'

Investigations into whether there was a criminal cover-up over claims of sexual abuse at a school linked to the late MP Sir Cyril Smith should not be the priority, Labour MP Simon Danczuk has said.

Mr Danczuk told the Today programme that the alleged victims will be "disappointed" by the probe as they believe the police should first be concentrating on prosecuting their abusers.

Officers are already investigating the abuse allegations and the council is set to widen its own inquiry.

Sir Cyril's family has said he always denied such accusations.

The development comes after police launched an investigation into allegations that former Liberal MP Sir Cyril, who died in 2010 aged 82, sexually abused boys at Knowl View residential school. The school closed in 1992.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 28 April.

  • 28 Apr 2014
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