Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's Member of Parliament, has recently criticised the way Greater Manchester Police dealt with an investigation into abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale from the 1960's up until the 1990's.
In a statement, Simon Danczuk's office said the following:
News broke recently that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) would not be perusing a case against David Higgins which relates to allegations made against him in the Knowl View Residential School inquiry.
In a CPS statement, Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said: “In October 2016 the CPS advised that the case should be discontinued and no further action will be taken.
“We recognise this will be a disappointing outcome for victims and we will continue to offer them support at what is understandably, a very difficult time.”
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s MP, insists that this is totally unacceptable and showed his concern about the handling of the investigation which has run for over two years.
“Again the victims have been let down by Greater Manchester Police. A failure to conduct a full and proper investigation when these crimes were first reported will leave many victims distraught.”
It is awful that Greater Manchester Police have previously admitted that they got it wrong when they failed to properly prosecute people under Operation Cleopatra in the 1990’s. Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson of GMP has previously admitted that the action taken by the force “fell short of what we would expect today.”
Michael Seed, a former Prime Minister’s Priest, once described the abuse that took place at Knowl View as “beyond horror”. He was due to give evidence against David Higgins but sadly Mr. Seed will not be able to reveal in Court the horror he experienced at the hands of Higgins, and men just like him, whilst at Knowl View.
Simon Danczuk continued: “The Knowl View scandal left major scars on Rochdale’s schooling and the victim’s hope was built up that finally, the perpetrators of these horrible crimes would be brought to justice, only for it to be snatched away from them.”
“I again urge the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate the actions of GMP during the original investigation of the abuse at Knowl View. A failure to prosecute has left the victims, whose lives have been changed forever, devastated that they will not see their abusers brought to justice.”
Greater Manchester Police Federation Chair, Ian Hanson, made excuses for the poor performance in a Facebook post which said the following:
Simon Danczuk has since published the following statement: