Probe into ex-officer over Savile

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an independent investigation into the alleged actions of a former inspector with West Yorkshire Police. The officer allegedly 'acted on behalf’ of Jimmy Savile.

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Alleged Savile victim: 'Police had plenty to look into'

Caroline Moore, who claims she was assaulted by Jimmy Savile at the age of 13 while being treated at Stoke Mandeville, says after reading the transcripts of Savile's 2009 police interview she "doesn't understand why he wasn't pressed more firmly".

Caroline Moore. Credit: STV

She called for the Surrey Police officers involved in the Savile interview to be questioned, adding: "I believe the police have behaved poorly. It appears in the transcripts they had plenty to look into."

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Police 'should've investigated Savile more intensively'

Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Police has told ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning that in hindsight the force "should have probed more intensively" around Jimmy Savile and the allegations he faced.

But Mr Hurley denied the late television presenter ran rings around the officers who interviewed him.

Ex officer investigated over 'acting on behalf of' Savile

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an independent investigation in relation to the alleged actions of a former inspector with West Yorkshire Police.

The allegations refer to the then officer having ‘acted on behalf’ of Jimmy Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009.

The investigation follows a direction from the IPCC to West Yorkshire Police to record and refer the conduct of the former inspector, identified in a Surrey Police report as ‘Inspector 5’.

Watchdog criticised Surrey Police over Savile interview

Surrey Police was among a number of forces criticised for missing opportunities to investigate Savile allegations in a damning report published in March.

Surrey Police Headquarters in Guildford Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The report by the policing watchdog HMIC identified 11 failures by Surrey Police; among them the fact that officers allowed Savile to choose where and when his interview in 2009 took place.

It also said the interview was "ineffective" because of the "lack of challenge by the Surrey officers to Savile’s assertions".

Responding to the report, Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said that there were "a number of learning points" for the force.

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Transcript released under Freedom of Information Act

A transcript of a police interview from 2009, which reveals Jimmy Savile's denials in his own words for the first time, has been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • The interview took place at Stoke Mandeville hospital
  • It was conducted by officers from Surrey Police
  • The transcript is dated 1st October 2009 - two years before Savile's death
  • It lasted 56 minutes with a break to change tapes on the recorder
  • The transcript was released in response to a Freedom of Information request received in March
  • It includes a number of redactions to protect the identities of alleged victims and some police officers

Transcript shows Savile was 'incredibly controlling'

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas, who has read the transcript of the police interview with Jimmy Savile, says it shows how controlling the performer was:

This is a man who is incredibly controlling. He makes threats to the police officers. He talks about ... how he owns Stoke Mandeville [hospital]. He talks about how he has had the keys to Broadmoor [high-security psychiatric hospital].

And he makes a direct threat to the officers that 'if this continues I will take you to the Old Bailey'.

– mark williams-thomas, criminologist
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