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Police launch another child abuse inquiry after ‘credible evidence’ was ignored

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2424

Fiona Woolf

Fiona Woolf

Fiona Woolf, the chair of the inquiry into historic child abuse has stepped back from issuing a statement about her links to Leon Brittan. 

Former Tory home secretary Brittan is embroiled in claims of an establishment cover-up. 

Woolf was going to issue a statement and then decided better of it. It is unclear why there was a change of heart and a cancelled press conference last week. 

Current Tory Home Secretary Theresa May seems unlucky with appointments to inquiries. 

Her first choice Elizabeth Butler?Sloss stood down following claims that she faced a conflict of interest. 

Her brother, Lord Havers, was attorney general during the 1980s. He tried to dissuade Geoffrey Dickens, a Tory MP, from revealing that Sir Peter Hayman, a diplomat, was a paedophile. 

Lord Brittan is at the centre of a furore about the way the Home Office handled a dossier on child sex abuse by senior politicians when he was in charge of the department. The dossier was subsequently lost.  

Police blocked an investigation into a Labour MP over child abuse 25 years ago, according to a senior officer. Mick Creedon, chief constable of Derbyshire police force, told the Times newspaper last week that there was “credible evidence” against Greville Janner. 

Janner is a former MP for Leicester West and is now Lord Janner of Braunstone, QC. 

Creedon said he was forbidden to arrest Janner, or search his home or offices. 

“The decision was a clear one,” Creedon said. “He will be interviewed by appointment and there won’t be a search of his home address or his constituency office or his office in the House of Commons. 

“It was a decision made by people more senior than me.” 

The allegations against Lord Janner were exposed during a police investigation into Frank Beck, the manager of Leicester children’s homes. 

Beck died in jail after being convicted of abusing boys in his care. A former resident and alleged victim gave evidence at Beck’s trial and said he had a two-year sexual relationship with Janner when he was a teenager. 

Lord Janner was cheered from all sides in the House of Commons in December 1991 when he condemned the allegations made against him.

Police have launched a new investigation into Lord Janner and others, Operation Enamel. 

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Tue 7 Oct 2014, 17:06 BST
Issue No. 2424
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