Child abuse detectives raid Jewish Labour party peer’s office in the House of Lords
A Labour peer’s office in the House of Lords has been raided as part of an investigation into child rape allegations.
Officers from Leicestershire Police searched Greville Janner’s space in the house of Lords and have removed computer equipment.
Leicestershire Police submitted a dossier of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service in April.
The former QC was named Baron Janner of Braunstone, Leicester, in 1997 after serving as a Labour party MP for 27 years, at Leicester North West then Leicester West.
The raid is part of an investigation concerning Janner’s linkes with the notorious child serial rapist and suspected murderer Frank Beck, who was found guilty of abusing more than 100 children in the 1970s and 1980s.
Frank Beck mysteriously died on 31 May 1994, two and a half years after his imprisonment. The then 88-year-old Labour party peer, Lord Longford, caused great controversy by sending flowers to the funeral.
A police spokesman said: “Leicestershire Police can confirm that in March its officers carried out a search of part of the House of Lords in connection with an ongoing enquiry into child sexual abuse.
“A search warrant was obtained in advance from a Crown Court Judge and the search was conducted in accordance with established House of Lords procedures and monitored by senior officials from the House of Lords.
In December, Leicestershire officers raided Lord Janner’s home in Barnet, North London.
In Beck’s 1991 trial, a 30-year-old man claimed to have been raped by Lord Janner, who was still a Labour Party MP at the time, while he was a child in care. Lord Janner was not prosecuted and received cross-party support in the Commons.
The issue of child rapists evading justice rocked the political sphere when revelations concerning ex Labour party and Lib dem grandee Cyril Smith emerged.
The late MP, who represented Rochdale, was a regular visitor to Elm Guest House in Barnes, South West London, which is now at the centre of a police investigation into child rape and possible murder.
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