'Everyone knows that child abuse took place on a frightening scale at Knowl View. We've seen
shocking reports documenting this and heard heartbreaking testimony from people who attended the school, including that from Father Michael Seed, who described what happened there as "beyond horror".'
The problem is that Danczuk's claim 'everyone knows' what took place at Knowl View is not true. One reason is that Rochdale Council has never published the reports. A second is that because of people like Danczuk the whole matter has been kicked into the long grass of national over-arching
What is known from the 1991 Phil Shepherd report is that Mr. Shepherd, who was a Council HIV specialist, is that there was some inappropriate behavior od a sexual nature between the lads at Knowl View. This probably involved some bullying by the older lads against the younger ones.
What is required is a standard of evidence that will pass muster with the Crown Prosecution Service for presentation in an English Court. Inspector Hanson reasonably requests that '(f)rom his comments I would assume Mr Danczuk is in possession of very specific information that
backs up his comments (and) if that is the case then he should refer that information to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaint's Commission) himself immediately.'
In a Facebook post, Ian Hanson said a statement released by Mr Danczuk on Thursday was 'totally lacking in detail or substance'.
And Inspector Hanson said of Simon Danczuk:
'.... I will publicly call him out to deliver the firm evidence that he bases his criticism of GMP
on to my office by 12 noon on Monday - and I will personally deliver it to the IPCC.'
The clock is now ticking in more ways than one for Mr. Danczuk, who has so far failed to establish his case about Knowl View.