Allegations that Janner had sexually abused children first emerged publicly in 1991 [Image: Neil Hall/Reuters].

It is as if Harvey Proctor had known a report was about to be published, supporting his claim that police are trying to put investigations into child abuse by the privileged quietly to bed – in order to avoid serious questions about their own conduct.

The Crown Prosecution Service and police have been “severely criticised”. This Writer doubts that this will be any comfort at all to Janner’s alleged victims.

Instead, I agree with Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which represents eight of Janner’s alleged victims, who said there needed to be an attempt to bring the individual prosecutors and police to account.

“[Director of Public Prosecution] Alison Saunders’ expression of ‘sincere regret’ over failures will be of little consolation unless it is followed by proper accountability. It is vital that those who made the decisions which resulted in Janner escaping justice are called to explain their reasoning.”

Absolutely true. Perhaps Ms Saunders should be first in line to do so, having excused the former Labour peer (he was suspended from the party in April last year) from being charged because of his apparent ill health.

As far as the police are concerned: We can all see what they have been doing – and are continuing to do.

The next time one of them makes an excuse for others in matters such as this, that person should be sent to join the accused.

Greville Janner escaped prosecution on three occasions because of failings by prosecutors and the police, an independent report has found.

The Crown Prosecution Service and Leicestershire police have been severely criticised by retired judge Richard Henriques for mishandling investigations into the late peer in 1991, 2002 and 2007. He died last month while awaiting a trial of the facts.

Lord Janner was subject to three police investigations between 1991 and 2007. The CPS had, in those inquiries, decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Janner as a result of two of the investigations, while the police did not submit a file to prosecutors on the third.

Source: Lord Janner escaped prosecution due to CPS and police failings, report finds | Law | The Guardian

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