Police's Jimmy Savile abuse "failures"

A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary reveals police recorded just five complaints against Jimmy Savile during his lifetime, but after Operation Yewtree was launched last October 450 people have made specific claims against him.

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REPORT: Police ignored Savile claims

Police officers have been accused of repeatedly ignoring claims of sexual abuse made by Jimmy Savile's victims dating back nearly 40 years. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary found just five allegations were recorded against Savile in his lifetime.

That's in stark contrast to the 450 claims made since his death. Sally Simpson reports.

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Book shows Savile known to police in 1964

A police ledger shows that Jimmy Savile was known to Scotland Yard as early as 1964, having been linked to arrests of men taking advantage of girls from the Duncroft School.

Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the specialist crime command at the Met who revealed the book, gave the details to ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning.

The book has Savile's name as early as 1964. Credit: ITV News
Savile is linked to arrests at an address in London. Credit: ITV News
It took 50 years for the truth to subsequently come out. Credit: ITV News
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Documents reveal Savile was known to police in 1964

Scotland Yard documents seen by ITV News have revealed that Jimmy Savile’s name had been linked with arrests made of men taking advantage of girls from the Duncroft School as early as 1964.

Savile’s name was written down in a ledger by a police officer, but it would take 50 years for the truth about Savile to come out.

Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the specialist crime command at the Met who revealed the book, told ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning:

“There is an entry very early on in the book that talks about a premises in Battersea Bridge Road where two men were investigated and indeed prosecuted for living off immoral earnings.

“It’s a property where girls from the Duncroft School were visiting and Savile is shown in there [the ledger] as frequenting that premises.”

Lucy Manning on how Jimmy Savile's victims were let down by every authority

Pictures of the ledger seen by ITV News

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Labour: Savile report is ‘deeply disturbing’

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Yvette Cooper says not enough is being done in the aftermath of Saville. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has described the HMIC report into Jimmy Savile as “deeply disturbing” and has called on the government to launch an “overarching review”.

She said: “This report is deeply disturbing as it highlights some of the missed opportunities the police had to stop the criminal abuse perpetuated by Jimmy Savile since the mid 1960s...

“No one is looking at the full picture.

“This is not a historic problem, there are still failings in the current system, victims are still not taken seriously enough and action is needed today...

“The Home Secretary must act and set up a proper overarching review led by child protection experts into why everyone failed to stop Savile and what should be done now.”

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Police chief: Savile case could happen all over again

Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, has echoed the warning in today’s HMIC report into Jimmy Savile that a failure to share intelligence on a prolific offender could happen again.

He also criticised searching for individual members of staff to blame rather than “addressing some of the fundamental underlying issues".

Although we now have had a police national database operational since 2011 to enable forces to share intelligence it has to be acknowledged that having 43 separate police forces in England and Wales and no national headquarters for policing makes achieving consistent national standards all the more difficult...

When links are identified which cross force boundaries and periods of time there are some inevitable tensions in deciding which force will take on the investigation...

There is little public support for a national police force as is being created in Scotland but while localism has many strengths it does make it more difficult when cases cross boundaries and when we are trying to achieve national standards.

– Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police

UK Editor Lucy Manning on How Jimmy Savile's victims were 'let down by every authority'

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Savile victim: People could have been saved from abuse

Deborah Cogger, who was abused by Jimmy Savile as a teenager, she said she is "disappointed" by the findings in this morning's report.

Deborah told Daybreak that hundreds of people, including herself, should not have gone through what they did.

Speaking to presenters she said the abuse she experienced from Savile has affected her life, "I don't trust people very much, I haven't had very long term relationships, and can't stick at anything for long."

Savile abuse recorded in 1960s

The earliest record uncovered by HMIC naming Savile in connection with a sexual abuse investigation was dated 1964 - but officers failed to act on the intelligence received.

A report by the Met Police and NSPCC said Savile's offending spanned from 1955 to 2009 - meaning his reign of abuse could have been cut short by 45 years.

The findings in this report are of deep concern, and clearly there were mistakes in how the police handled the allegations made against Savile during his lifetime.

However, an equally profound problem is that victims felt unable to come forward and report crimes of sexual abuse.

It is imperative that all those charged with protecting these victims do more to encourage reporting, taking the right action to bring perpetrators to justice.

– Drusilla Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary
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