A Labour peer accused of "some of the most serious sexual crimes imaginable" will not face trial because of the "severity" of his dementia, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed.

Lord Greville Janner would have been charged with a string of historic sex offences against children, the CPS said on Thursday.

The 86-year-old would have been charged with 14 indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988; two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988; four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987; and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988.

More than a dozen people came forward to claim they were abused by Lord Janner, who is alleged to have used his influence as a Labour MP for Leicester to prey on vulnerable young boys at local children's homes.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009 and has been on a formal leave of absence from the House of Lords since October 2014.

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