Who gave Cyril Smith the keys to the sweet shop?

Yesterday came confirmation that Cyril Smith, the elephantine Liberal MP for Rochdale, who died in 2010, was at it for years. But his serial abuse of young boys was covered up by police and MI5

When the police launched the Jimmy Savile inquiry a year ago, I suggested they might just as well re-open the case of another novelty Northern nonce, Cyril Smith.

The rumours had been doing the rounds for decades. Word had it that, like Savile, he was protected by friends in high places.

Yesterday came confirmation. Smith, the elephantine Liberal MP for Rochdale, who died in 2010, was at it for years. But his serial abuse of young boys was covered up by police and MI5.

A file was found in a safe at Lancashire police headquarters naming at least eight of his victims. They describe being beaten, stripped, massaged and subjected to bizarre ‘chastisements’ and ‘hygiene inspections’ by the 29-stone Smith.

The file was handed to prosecutors in 1970 but went ‘missing’. It was discovered seven years later by a Special Branch detective, Tony Robinson. He told Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, broadcast last night, that when news of the file leaked out, he received a call from MI5 requesting that it be sent to London by special courier.

Another officer, Paul Foulston, says he was ordered by Special Branch not to pursue an investigation into the murder of an 18-year-old boy alleged to have been involved in a sexual relationship with Smith.

The assistant chief constable of Lancashire, Andy Rhodes, admits that Savile and Smith got away with it for years because people who had the opportunity to stop them chose to turn a blind eye.  It’s more serious than just turning a blind eye.  What is being alleged is that senior police and security services officers were involved in a conspiracy to bury serious sex crimes, up to and including murder.

Daily Mail 12/09/13

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10 responses to “Who gave Cyril Smith the keys to the sweet shop?

  1. Pingback: Who gave Cyril Smith the keys to the sweet shop? | justiceforkevinandjenveybaylis

  2. chess

    The account of the murdered boy has got confused, opgreenlight, judging from some of the comments on one of the forums so thanks for setting the story straight.

  3. leslie brunt

    I can tell you about this because at that time both myself and my husband worked for the party, on political stuff
    The party hirearchy just fobbed it off as gay beahviourm which it was seen as at that time

  4. chess

    Silly us, eh, Lanark, to think that the law works like that? Cor, I wish I’d known about optional prosecution for murder when I was married to a nasty old pig….. doing the dirty on him might even have got me a title, dammit, what a missed opportunity. Could it be retrospectively applied, do you think? It might not be too late unless his third wife got there before me.

  5. Hopeful

    Disgusting headline for the Mirror report on the Corrie actors story.

    ”Two Coronation Street stars investigated over ‘four-in-a-bed romp with two underage girls”’

    How the hell can they call it a ‘four in a bed romp” when the alleged victims are ten and twelve years old ?
    Are they trying to pave the way for the prosecution to call the girls predatory swingers ?

    Feel like reporting that to the press complaints commission.

    Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/two-coronation-street-stars-investigated-2275521#ixzz2eygM2drc

  6. Lanark

    “…he was ordered by Special Branch not to pursue an investigation into the murder of an 18-year-old boy alleged to have been involved in a sexual relationship with Smith.”
    I didn’t know that the Police were actually allowed to not investigate murder. I didn’t know it was an optional thing. I mistakenly had this fundamental belief that when a murder takes place the Police will investigate and as a result of that investigation the Police will probably catch the murderer and then they’ll go to jail for murder. It’s what deters people like myself from going out and killing.
    I bet if someone had murdered the 29 stone Sick Paedophile Cyril Smith with a harpoon gun and blubber extraction device the Police would have investigated that.

    • “I mistakenly had this fundamental belief that when a murder takes place the Police will investigate and as a result of that investigation the Police will probably catch the murderer and then they’ll go to jail for murder.”
      Ah, then you obviously haven’t been brainwashed by the Ian Fleming James Bond literature, because the Secret Military Services reckon they have a Licence To Kill.

    • KD

      Does anyone know who the murdered 18 year old boy was and the story?

      • opgreenlight

        Hello, I think this story may have got confused. From the documentary around 23.00:

        A young detective, Paul Foulston (Thames Valley CID 1976-1988) had to go with his sergeant to Ashford Young Offenders’ Centre outside London to interview a teenager and eliminate him from a murder inquiry.

        “We arrived at the Remand Centre mid-morning when two men got out of a car parked not far from us. They introduced themselves as Metropolitan Police Special Branch and produced their warrant cards. They knew who we were visiting and explained that they would prefer that he wasn’t interviewed and that it would not be in the national interest. We didn’t understand what it was all about. There was some suggestion it was a person in the public eye.”

        But Paul Foulston and his sergeant ignored the Special Branch warnings and went in to interview their 18-year-old witness. They soon cleared him of involvement in their murder inquiry but he had a story he was determined to tell.

        “He immediately switched gears on us and started talking about Cyril Smith, and it was an unstoppable torrent of hatred, despair, and he explained that he’d had a relationship with Cyril Smith for many years and that he’d been discarded in favour of a younger lad, who in turn had been discarded in favour of somebody even younger. So we’re talking about physical relationships with very young boys. It would appear that he abused them to the point that they were physically less satisfying to him.”

  7. xyz

    Two Coronation Street stars investigated after claims they were ‘caught in bed with two young girls in hotel room’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421012/Two-Coronation-Street-stars-caught-bed-young-girls-hotel-room.html