How Cyril Smith Got Away With It. "The COVER-UP "12/09/2013 19:06
Channel 4 tonight @ 11pm
Channel 4’s Dispatches tonight reveals that despite several police forces gathering a large amount of evidence that former senior Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a serial and serious sexual abuser of young boys, the authorities prevented any prosecution, ultimately allowing him to continue to abuse more victims.
The serial Paedophile MP. "How Cyril Smith Got Away With It" is the first report for Channel 4 Dispatches by former BBC Newsnight reporter Liz Mackean, who led that programme’s high profile investigation into allegations against Jimmy Savile, which was dropped by the BBC and ultimately led to the Pollard Inquiry.
Dispatches reveals how, as Smith’s power and influence rose, members of the security services put pressure on police officers to stop them investigating allegations that he was a predatory paedophile; how Smith himself leaned on victims and officers and how a senior labour politician intervened with the Director of Public Prosecutions following which the case against him was dropped.
Channel 4 Dispatches also talks to former Liberal Democrat MPs who confirm that the party leadership were aware of some of the allegations against Smith but failed to take them seriously, even when he was being nominated for a knighthood.
Smith is alleged to have sexually and violently abused vulnerable boys as young as eight-years-old in two children’s homes as well as other locations, while presenting himself as a charitable man supporting children in difficult circumstances. He had unfettered access to the Cambridge House boys home in Rochdale and was allegedly given a master key to Knowl View residential boys school in the town and allowed to have unsupervised access to the children.