Champagne Socialist Council Leader in Abuse Report Cover-Up Row.

THE MAN at the centre of false allegations of assault against TBG's own roving reporter is today at the centre of a "very serious" investigation himself.

Allegations are circulating in the local & national media that suggest the new Leader of Rochdale Council, Richard Farnell, suppressed a report into allegations of widespread child abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale when he was Leader of the Council in 1991.

Health Professional Phil Shepherd says he was told that boys as young as eight were working as prostitutes while others had been "forced" to have sex.

Shepherd alleges the report was "suppressed" and is expected to give his evidence to a new inquiry set up by the council but this has failed to stop calls for Farnell to explain himself and if found to have suppressed an original report, resign.

Councillor Farnell is understood to have categorically denied ever seeing any reports connected to the allegations.