Savile report: chance to prosecute "missed"

Prosecutors failed to take three abuse allegations against Savile - which could have led to charges -seriously enough, a report has found.

The claims relate to Surrey and Sussex police.

Details of a review of the decision not to prosecute Savile in 2009 were disclosed today.

It found that "had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach" prosecutions could have been possible in relation to three victims.

Alison Levitt QC, the author, said that there was nothing to suggest the victims had colluded in their stories, or that they were unreliable.

Police and prosecutors treated their claims "with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required", she said.

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Savile report: missed opportunities

Detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal are to publish their report later. The joint report, by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC, follows hundreds of allegations made against the disgraced TV presenter.