Police call for review of CPS decision on Lord Janner

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More than a dozen allegations have been made against Lord Janner, pictured here in 2000

Leicestershire Police is calling for a review of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) decision not to charge ex-Labour MP Lord Janner over child abuse allegations.

The force has sent a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who said Lord Janner, 86, would not face charges because of his dementia.

The request is separate to a review that was granted under the CPS Victims' Right to Review Scheme.

Lord Janner has denied any wrongdoing.

The CPS has 14 days to respond and the force said it "reserves its right to seek a judicial review of the decision".

The letter explains why police believe the decision should be reviewed.

A review has already been granted to the alleged victims, which would look at the legal aspects of the decision not to proceed, a police spokesman said.

Greville Janner, who was Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West, was not charged despite sufficient evidence to bring a case.

Defending her decision last month, DPP Alison Saunders told the BBC that Lord Janner's dementia was so severe that he could "play no part in a trial".

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Alison Saunders has said she was aware her decision "might not be welcome"

More than a dozen individuals have made allegations to police relating to Lord Janner.

The allegations relate to residents in children's homes in Leicestershire in the 1970s and 1980s.

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