Child sex abuse : Why Goddard must put the Lord Janner verdict at the heart of her inquiry

David Hencke

Lord Janner Image courtesy BBC Lord Janner
Image courtesy BBC

I was expecting Lord Janner, the former Labour peer, to become the first prominent person to face charges for child sex abuse as a result of a plethora of current police investigations across the United Kingdom. It was quite clear from the attitude of both the Met Police and Leicestershire Police ( and it now appears Northamptonshire as well) that they had uncovered serious allegations against him dating back decades.

So in one sense it was not a surprise that the Crown Prosecution Service statement says that the Labour peer faced numerous charges.

They were following Operation Enamel ( the Leicestershire Police investigation) enough for the CPS to say “the evidential test was passed on the basis that the evidence is sufficient to have warranted charging and prosecuting Lord Janner in relation to the particular charges listed below; these relate to nine individuals:

  • 14 indecent assaults…

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Abuse at Salesian Schools in England

Evidence emerged today, identifying another Salesian priest accused of abusing children at Salesian run establishments in England. The information has been given to the police officers already investigation a number of other allegations against Salesian priests under Operation TORVA.