UK / CHILD ABUSE
Police have delayed seeking to press nearly 200 charges as part of their investigation into a paedophile network linked to politicians, Exaro can reveal.
The move prompted one MP to say that the police were trying to avoid a “media frenzy” amid growing public concern about evidence of the scale of a paedophile network that operated at Westminster over many years.
Business / INSOLVENCIES
Latest figures from the Exaro Insolvency Index show that company failures fell slightly amid a volatile picture for the UK economy so far this year. However, the construction sector has shown strong improvement throughout 2014, with consistent falls in insolvencies.
Overall, the number of companies that filed one or more insolvency notices in July dropped by 1.6 per cent compared with July 2013.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse because they say that his claim is out of time.
Their stance could hit many who were sexually abused decades ago as children in the care of Rochdale borough council, where the paedophile MP Sir Cyril Smith was a dominant figure for many years.
Westland faces ban from selling helicopters to Indian forces
Helicopter maker AgustaWestland faces losing the chance of defence deals with India worth billions of pounds because of bribery allegations against it. The UK’s only helicopter manufacturer and its Italian parent company, Finmeccanica, are bracing themselves from being “blacklisted” from India following formal advice issued by the country’s attorney general, its top law officer, to its Ministry of Defence.
Police investigate second boys’ school linked to Cyril Smith MP
Detectives are investigating alleged sexual abuse of boys at another school linked to late Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith. Cumbria police are known to be investigating abuse of boys at Underley Hall special school, dating back to the 1970’s. But Exaro can reveal that Smith opened the residential school in 1976 and is understood to have stayed the night there regularly.
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MI5 and MI6 tell MPs to censor key report on Lee Rigby’s killers
MPs have come under intense pressure by MI5 and MI6 to censor a critical report of intelligence failings over the killing of soldier Lee Rigby. Senior officers from the Security Service, MI5, and the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, confronted MPs and peers on Parliament’s intelligence and security committee over the report at a tense meeting last month, Exaro can reveal.