Leicestershire Police has made its first move in its legal bid to overturn a decision to not put Greville Janner on trial for alleged sexual abuse of children.
The force today wrote to the director of public prosecutions, (DPP), – who last month ruled out taking action against the 86-year-old peer because of his ill-health – to explain why it believes the allegations should be tested in court.
The DPP, Alison Saunders, has 14 days to respond to the force's submission and to say whether she intends to reverse or stick by her decision.
In a statement issued this morning, the force said: "Subject to her response, the force reserves its right to seek a judicial review of the decision.The report goes on to give details of the investigation of the allegations against Greville Janner (which he and his family deny):
Last month, Leicestershire Police revealed it had launched an investigation, codenamed Operation Enamel, in 2013 and traced 25 people who allege that they were sexually abused by the former Labour MP for Leicester West as long ago as 1970.
Officers spoke to more than 2,000 people and took 442 statements.
About 600 items seized as part of the investigation included cine film and videos, police said.