Police investigate Lord Janner child sexual abuse claim in Scotland

The Labour peer had previously been passed over by the CPS in England and Wales

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Police are investigating Labour peer Lord Janner regarding claim he abused an underage boy in the 1970s, it has been reported.

The BBC says the investigation relates to claims that the former MP travelled with a boy to Scotland and sexually assaulted him.

Police Scotland said officers were investigating a historic complaint but did not confirm any names related to the case.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal said: “Police Scotland is conducting an investigation into an historic complaint and, as such, it would be inappropriate to comment.

“Police Scotland is absolutely committed to preventing all forms of child abuse and to keeping children safe while bringing perpetrators of abuse to justice, regardless of the passage of time.”

Last month the Crown Prosecution Service said it would review its decision not to prosecute the peer for alleged crimes of a sexual nature. The CPS’s remit covers England and Wales.

Lord Janner, who is also 86-years-old, was previously excused by the CPS from being questioned over “some of the most serious sexual crimes imaginable” due to his having severe dementia.

 

He was at the time suspended by the Labour Party.

The peer would have been charged with over a dozen indecent assaults, the most recent of which was alleged to have been committed in 1988.

Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who is leading an independent inquiry into child sex abuse, has also said she would investigate claims against Lord Janner

She has previously indicated that he could be called to give evidence despite his disease.

Lord Janner has previously denied all allegations against him. His family said he “is entirely innocent of any wrongdoing”.

Additional reporting by PA

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