Ageing peer too ill to face sex abuse trial, prosecutors say

British prosecutors said on Thursday an ageing member of the House of Lords would not face charges over serious allegations of historical child sex crimes because he was too ill, leading to criticism by police and accusations of an establishment cover-up from campaigners.

The decision comes at a time Britain is holding a major inquiry into allegations of decades of abuse by high-profile figures including politicians.

“What will be perceived … is that it’s once again the establishment closing ranks,” said Pete Saunders from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. “This is a very grim day for child protection as far as I’m concerned

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