I really can’t recommend enough that you take the time to read this article in The Manchester Evening News. If you follow the link you’ll find a police transcript of an interview that they did with Cyril Smith. It is very interesting and very revealing.
[Police Officer] ‘W’: ” I must warn you about interfering with witnesses. The only reason I am here this morning is because you wanted to see me. I did not want to see you. You must have some suspicion about you and them, about what’s in the statements or you would not be here, would you?”
Last November, we revealed just how convinced police in 1970 actually were that Sir Cyril Smith had been abusing young boys.
After investigating a string of similar sexual abuse claims, officers passed an 80-page file on the then-councillor to prosecutors, noting it was impossible to justify his repeated abuse of power.
It was knocked back and he went on to become one of the most famous faces of the 1970s.
What wasn’t clear until now was the extraordinary cat and mouse game he played with police – and how close they actually came to ending his parliamentary career before it even began.