Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Strip Sex-Beast Cyril Smith of Town Honour'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Strip Sex-Beast Cyril Smith of Town Honour'

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PAEDOPHILE Cyril Smith could be posthumously stripped of the Freedom of Rochdale - 26 years after he was granted the honour.

Councillors will next week consider rescinding the honour, awarded to the town's former MP in 1992. It follows a complaint from one of Smith's victims.

Details of Smith's three decades of sex abuse were outlined during last year's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Several victims told how the 29-stone politician had abused them at Cambridge Boys Hostel in the 1960s under the pretext of bizarre 'medical examinations'. Others told the hearing how he had raped and abused them at the notorious Knowl View special school in the 1980s.

A damning report published at the end of the hearings concluded Smith had 'considerable control' over some of his victims and tried to use his power to keep them quiet. …

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