Police say Cyril Smith sexually abused boys.

Former late Lib Dem MP Sir Cyril Smith was a sex abuser of boys in the 1960's, say police.

In a statement released tonight Greater Manchester Police said the boys - "Were victims of physical and sexual abuse."

Despite not being charged in 1970 when the original allegations surfaced, the Crown Prosecution Service tonight said in a four page statement that - "Procedural changes meant a prosecution would have been pursued today."

Precedent for such re-opening of investigations after being cleared was set at the Stephen Lawrance case in 2001. Actual Double jeopardy has been permitted in England and Wales in certain circumstances since the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

A second wave of allegations about Sir Cyril Smith came in 1998 but were apparently rejected simply because the matter had already been looked into.