Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive at Rochdale Borough Council said,
"In order not to interfere with any potential police investigation we have agreed to temporarily suspend our independent review. The council is determined to complete a thorough and transparent examination of the events when it is possible to do so. In the meantime, we await to hear how GMP's wider investigation will proceed. We also welcome the announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May of an independent inquiry to look into historic cases of child sexual abuse."
The following statement has also been issued by the review team:
"Following a request from Greater Manchester Police and Rochdale Council, Neil Garnham QC has agreed to suspend his independent review into historic child abuse allegations in Rochdale until further notice. We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have assisted the review to date. We will remain in close contact with GMP and Mr Garnham will resume the review as soon as he is able."
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