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Police officers investigated over handling of Savile complaint

Four serving Sussex police officers are to be investigated over their handling of an alleged sexual assault by Jimmy Savile. It relates to an allegation made by a woman in 2008.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has started a misconduct inquiry. It'll examine if the officers failed to carry out a proper investigation once the complaint was made. Tom Savvides has the latest.

Retired police officer investigated over handling of Jimmy Savile investigation

The IPCC has also begun an independent investigation into the conduct of a now retired detective inspector who was involved in 2007 and 2008 in investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Savile at Duncroft School. The investigation is examining the handling of the police investigation at the time and whether information was passed to other police forces in a timely way.

The former detective inspector is identified as ‘DI3’ in a Surrey Police report. The IPCC is in correspondence with Surrey Police over the scope of the investigation.

Separately, following a voluntary referral by Surrey Police an investigation by its professional standards department, supervised by the IPCC, looked into why a reference to Savile in a previous Surrey Police investigation was omitted from the force’s Operation Ornament report, published in 2013.

The investigation found the reference was omitted in error, but that officers had acted honestly and a genuine oversight did not amount to any misconduct.


Sussex Police officers investigated over handling of reported assault by Jimmy Savile

The IPCC is independently investigating the conduct of Sussex Police detectives over their handling of a reported indecent assault carried out by Jimmy Savile in 1970.

Notices have been served on four serving police officers to advise them they are subject to the investigation. Two of the officers, a detective sergeant and detective constable, who visited the woman over the alleged sexual offence soon after she contacted the force in March 2008, have been served with gross misconduct notices.

The two other officers, a detective chief inspector and detective inspector, who had supervisory roles, have received misconduct notices.

IPCC deputy chair, Sarah Green, who is overseeing Savile investigations, said: "The investigation is examining interactions between Sussex Police officers and the victim and whether all lines of enquiry were properly pursued.”

IPCC investigators have taken a statement from the woman who reported the assault and expect to interview the four officers soon. A number of Sussex Police policy documents are being examined.

The IPCC directed Sussex Police to refer the conduct of two of the officers late last year.

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Jimmy Savile was not "just a phenomenon of the 60s and 70s" and echoes of his abuse can be heard today, according to the lawyer for 170 of the TV presenter's victims.

Liz Dux from lawyers Slater and Gordon told Good Morning Britain she still encounters adults who cover up child abuse to protect their employers' reputation.

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Jimmy Savile was a 'horrific, prolific sex offender'

The late TV presenter Jimmy Savile was a "horrific, prolific sex offender" who abused his fame and power to get away with his crimes "for so long", the NSPCC has said.

The NSPCC's Director of Child Protection Advice and Support, Peter Watt, spoke to Good Morning Britain after the children's charity released figures showing Savile had abused children "as young as two", with at least 500 of his victims coming forward.

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NSPCC: Jimmy Savile 'most prolific sex offender'

The NSPCC believe that Jimmy Savile could be the most prolific child abuser that they have ever discovered in the United Kingdom.

Peter Watt, the NSPCC's director of child protection, said: "There's no doubt that Savile is one of the most, if not the most, prolific sex offender that we at the NSPCC have ever come across.

What you have is somebody who at his most prolific lost no opportunity to identify vulnerable victims and abuse them."

The joint BBC investigation between Panorama and The World At One, which airs today on BBC One and BBC Radio 4, asks how the DJ got so close to the heart of Britain's establishment and why in 1972 the BBC failed to take effective action that might have saved young people from abuse.


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Savile's Broadmoor abuse higher than previously feared

The NSPCC report also claims that Saville's offending in Broadmoor Hospital is higher than previously thought, with Thames Valley Police having received at least 16 reports of abuse by him inside the secure hospital.

The report also claims that senior civil servants wrongly referred to the Top Of The Pops presenter as "doctor" - completely unaware of the trauma he was inflicting on some children behind closed hospital doors.

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Savile abused 'children as young as two'

Sir Jimmy Savile at the unveiling of a contemporary sculpture in 2005. Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive

At least 500 children, some as young as two years old, were abused by disgraced television personality Jimmy Saville during his vile reign as one of the UK's most prolific sex offenders, new research shows.

A study carried out by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, commissioned for the BBC's Panorama programme, reveals secret confidential documents examining the scope of Savile's offending and his unprecedented access to Broadmoor hospital, where some of the abuse happened.

Arrest in Savile inquiry

An 82-year-old man from Berkshire has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation, the Metropolitan Police said.

The pensioner is one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree - the Met's investigation into alleged offending by Savile and "others".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the man, who has not been named, was interviewed under caution on November 29 last year, five days after a search warrant was executed at an address in Berkshire. He has been bailed until May, while further inquiries are carried out.

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