The investigation into claims by Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk that former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was found with child abuse images in the boot of his car on the M1 in Northamptonshire during the 1980s has been closed because of a lack of evidence.
Mr Danczuk, in the book he co-authored with Matt Baker about Smith, claimed that after being stopped on the M1 he was then released after making a telephone call to an unidentified third party in London.
He alleged Smith, who was MP for Rochdale between 1972 and 1992, was arrested, but the material seized by police had disappeared.
Northamptonshire Police said no witnesses had been found and no reports of the alleged incident were uncovered.
Five people who came forward to help the investigation offered third-party accounts that could not be used as evidence, police said. (more...)