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Child abuse investigation implicating politicians, senior police and intelligence officers was 'scrapped after Cyril Smith MP arrest'

Former Scotland Yard detective who examined the allegations: "Very credible and very frightening."

BBC Newsnight has received information from a former police officer alleging that an investigation into child abuse by senior establishment figures was shut down shortly after the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was arrested during a 1980s probe into sex parties involving the abuse of boys.

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