ASSISTANT Chief Constable Debbie Ford (Published on ROCHDALE ONLINE: 8/2/2017) said:
“We launched Operation
Clifton in July 2014 in response to a request by the Home Office to
investigate allegations of a criminal cover up of non-recent sexual
abuse at Knowl View School.
“GMP was asked to carry out this huge undertaking after a QC-led
inquiry, on behalf of Rochdale Council, uncovered potential criminal
“GMP undertook a two year investigation and committed a team of 15
staff led by a dedicated Senior Investigating Officer. Three independent
advisory group members also oversaw the investigation to provide
external scrutiny and challenge.
“Operation Clifton was a lengthy and detailed investigation which has
been undertaken by dedicated staff who collated and examined a large
volume of information to ensure that the right conclusions could be
drawn. Having undertaken this work I can confirm that there will be no
criminal charges brought under Operation Clifton.
“Furthermore the investigation concluded that there was no evidence of
corruption or attempts to cover up the allegations to protect offenders
or organisations’ reputation.
“I am grateful for the commitment and effort of the team involved.
“The documentation and findings of Operation Clifton have been
submitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) who
will now review them over the coming months.”