I’ve had to update our Cyril Smith timeline twice in the last week HERE, as new allegations of serious cover-up are made public. We now have listed 12 incidents from the 1950s to the 1990s where it appears the police became aware of Smith’s offending. I suspect this will not be the last time I update the timeline.
The Manchester Evening News also allege that the police sergeant who warned off the police officer reporting this incident was Don Mackintosh who was later convicted of abusing young boys in 1994 and jailed for 9 years and that Don Mackintosh was tipped off 3 weeks prior to his arrest and was thus able to take early retirement at the age of 51 with a golden handshake of £52K and a pension of £11K pa. (meaning he probably made over £50K while serving his prison sentence)
Don Mackintosh was found hanged last October just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse.
The former officer told how he called at a house in Stockport in 1988 after a complaint that the occupier had been committing a lewd act in his window in front of a newspaper boy.
When he arrived he said the then Rochdale MP Smith was there, together with a police officer in civilian clothes and two teenage boys – one a runaway from a children’s home.
The officer said: “I had been in the force about six months. The occupier was about 70 and seemed an old grandad type. In the house was Cyril Smith and a police sergeant in civilian clothes. The officer identified himself and showed his warrant card, saying he was there ‘on other business’.
“There seemed to be a party going on, with two young lads there. Smith and the officer left. The boys, aged about 14 to 15, were drunk.
“One was missing from a children’s home. I called for a van and took him back. The other lad walked off. The old man was arrested and I took him to the main police station in Stockport.”
He said at the station he discovered that the pensioner had a record dating back to the 60s for sex offences and had spent half his life behind bars.
He was just given a caution for the latest offence – a decision the officer ‘found very strange’.