UK: Cyril Smith was spared court because he would have exposed other high-profile child abusers says former police detective

The late Liberal MP Cyril Smith (pictured) was apparently arrested at a sex party involving boys but was released without charge

Cyril Smith avoided prosecution because other establishment paedophiles feared he would spill their secrets in court, a former senior police officer said today.

Lancashire detective Jack Tasker spent years compiling evidence on the 29-stone Liberal MP’s child abuse only to have his investigation shut down and threatened with the sack himself.

Mr Tasker believes there was a network of spies and obstructive forces at a local and national level to protect Smith from facing justice.

It came as it emerged today that Smith was arrested at a sex party with teenage boys but police were told to cover it up and threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act, according to an investigation…