Police 'missed opportunity' to investigate Savile

Sussex Police missed out on the opportunity to investigate Jimmy Savile after they "mishandled" a woman's report of alleged sexual assault in 2008.

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Savile officers won't face misconduct case

The four officers involved in the case which was deemed a "missed opportunity" to investigate Jimmy Savile will not face misconduct charges after investigators agreed they had "no case to answer".

Sussex Police said that the Independent Police Complaints Commission had agreed with a previous decision that no misconduct charges needed to be addressed and confirmed the officers were not suspended during the investigation and continue to work as operational CID officers.

IPCC: Greater efforts should have been made to investigate Savile

Greater efforts should have been made to investigate Jimmy Savile after a woman came forward with allegations that the star had sexually assaulted her, the Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled today.

IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said the alleged victim had shown "considerable courage" in coming forward but that "regrettably she felt that the two officers who visited her had a negative attitude towards her".

She said: "Not sending a trained female officer, coupled with the perceived absence of support, resulted in a missed opportunity by Sussex Police to investigate Savile in 2008."

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Police 'missed opportunity' to investigate Savile

Police could have investigated Jimmy Savile in 2008 Credit: PA

Police missed an opportunity to investigate and interview Jimmy Savile after mishandling a woman's report that she had been sexually assaulted by him.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission found Sussex Police missed out on the opportunity to interview the star in 2008 after a woman came forward with allegations that was attacked by the entertainer in a Worthing caravan in 1970.

Investigators found the police "did not follow all lines of inquiry properly".

The IPCC report said: "Although there was no evidence that officers deliberately dissuaded the woman from pursuing the allegation, she felt reluctant to do so following contact with police."

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