Sir Cyril Smith’s blue plaque taken down

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A BLUE plaque honouring Sir Cyril Smith has been taken down by council bosses to stop any vandalism.

The memorial tribute to the former Liberal MP was placed on a wall at Rochdale Town Hall last year but removed on Wednesday.

The decision came after the town’s present MP, Simon Danczuk, told the House of Commons that a full investigation must take place into historic abuse allegations against Sir Cyril, who was Rochdale MP from 1972 to 1992.

Mr Danczuk identified two alleged victims who had come forward and been named publicly – Barry Fitton, who 
was 15, and Eddie Shorrock, who was 17, when they were allegedly abused by Sir Cyril.