A review of the handling of allegations of child abuse by prominent figures has found no evidence that records were deliberately removed or destroyed.

Ministers asked the head of the NSPCC to examine how the Home Office dealt with files alleging abuse from 1979-99.

Peter Wanless's report said it was impossible to say whether files were removed to cover up abuse - but found nothing to support such a claim.

Home Secretary Theresa May has written to its authors for further reassurance.

The government said it had accepted the report's three recommendations.

The report's authors, Mr Wanless and Richard Whittam QC, said they had "found nothing to support a concern that files had been deliberately or systematically removed or destroyed to cover up organised child abuse".

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