Retired Police Officer Claims GMP Covered Up For Cyril Smith In 1988

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.


Don Mackintosh

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’.

The Manchester Evening News



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8 responses to “Retired Police Officer Claims GMP Covered Up For Cyril Smith In 1988

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  2. Jubei

    Reading ex-bobby quotes on their corrupt wager is like listening to storm-troopers malfunctioning in old-age after a lifetime of subordination. That link you posted yesterday stated “When I was a young Met officer in the 80’s, every policeman and woman in London knew of rumours surrounding Cyril Smith and we all waited for something to happen but it never did”.

    The words “knew” and “waited’ are the subtext for his entire statement. Sold from the start. Question one must ask is what don’t they know.

    • I think you’re being a trifle harsh.

      The fact is that we are aware of a large number of incidents where Cyril Smith’s offending was covered-up precisely because the average copper was doing their job. Lambasting the good cops gets us nowhere. Cyril Smith WAS arrested, he WAS investigated. It’s the higher ups that halted these investigations that need to be criticised.

      • Jubei

        Yes, I questioned that myself but it’s a harsh reality albeit ridiculous to tarnish the average copper as ‘doing nothing’. I agree it’s unrealistic to expect much more.

        Every institution has ‘common knowledge’ on things. What I do ask myself though in the unending maelstrom of injustice is if these ex-officers could turn back the clocks what would they do differently?

      • Terry B

        A quick funny hand shake from the chief super and these things go away.

        Unless it’s really serious in which case it might take a phone call from the chief whip to the chief super to remind him of his loyalties and then these things go away.

  3. There are many survivors, including myself, who have endured a lifetime of misery because of these perverted monsters. But just as bad as them, are the people who had and still are, covering this up. This government disgusts me!

  4. The Last Of The Truffle-Snorting Heroes

    The Police at every level are paid by the taxpayer to protect the public from criminals. They are not paid to turn a blind eye. Any copper found to have done this should be doing jail time. The recent retired ones who have admitted to their inactivity should be arrested immediately. Sadly that brings us back to square one.

    What I do not agree with is any sympathy towards those afraid to speak out. We paid & trusted them to track down dangerous murderers, drug dealers & racketeers. We also paid them to catch child abusers. They decided it was not worth the risk. That’s a shocking admission of complicity & guilt.