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Lord Janner evidence considered in child abuse probe

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Image caption Lord Janner was a Labour MP for 27 years

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is considering evidence against Lord Janner as part of an inquiry into allegations of historical child abuse.

The London home of the 85-year-old peer, who was a Labour MP in Leicester for 27 years, was searched in December.

Police have said he has not been arrested and the BBC understands he has not even been interviewed.

The investigation is linked to Frank Beck, who was found guilty of abusing children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Beck, who was convicted of sexually and physically abusing more than 100 children, ran children's homes in Leicestershire.

He was given five life prison sentences and died in jail.

Greville Janner was Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West.

Leicestershire Police have submitted a file to the CPS and have been taking advice on moving the investigation forward.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a property in Barnet, north London, in December.

The Cambridge graduate stood down as an MP in 1997 and was subsequently made a life peer.

Lord Janner, a father of three, is a former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

He is also chairman of the Holocaust Education Trust.

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