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IPCC receives 500 responses to Hillsborough appeal

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it has received over 500 responses in the first 48 hours of an appeal for witnesses into the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

Despite the positive response, the IPCC has urged more people to come forward to help with their investigation.

Bent and twisted fencing is seen at Hillsborough in the aftermath of the stadium tragedy Credit: PA Wire

Ninety-six Liverpool fans were killed at Hillsborough during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

The IPCC's criminal investigation is examining police actions following the stadium disaster.

Detective sacked for 'unorthodox' approach to policing

A bungling police detective was sacked for his "unorthodox" approach to policing and his part in losing potentially vital evidence seized during a police raid.

The admin skills of detective constable Steve Waters were so poor a move to prosecute him had to be dropped due to the lack of proper records.

The IPCC found that Dc Waters failed to properly investigate the case despite the fact that two people remained on police bail after the raid.

When the seized property subsequently had to be returned due to his "inadequate investigation" Dc Waters took a DIY approach which saw him borrow a lorry and call on a friend.

Dc Waters, a Gwent Police detective based in south Wales, was sacked in February after an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry.

An appeal against his dismissal is still pending.

The police watchdog was called in after the owner of the seized property complained that some of the property was not returned.



Savile's flat sold off cheaply

Disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile's penthouse apartment in Leeds has reportedly been sold - for £75,000 less than the asking price.

The deeds for the run-down flat in a development in Roundhay are said to have changed hands for £250,000 after it was bought by a property firm in the city.

The apartment, where Savile was found dead in 2011, was put on the market at £325,000 before accusations of his prolific sex offending came to light.

It was advertised as a property that offered lots of potential but needed complete redevelopment.

Leeds-born Savile bought the flat in the 1970s and it retained much of the decor from the era when it went on the market, including garish wallpaper and carpets and a dated avocado bathroom suite.

It also has panoramic views of Roundhay Park, where Savile regularly went jogging, and a private lift.

Savile investigation suggested hours after his death

In one email headed "Jimmy Savile - paedophile", BBC producer Meirion Jones, who was involved in establishing the axed Newsnight report, flagged up the idea of an investigation just hours after the presenter's death was announced.

BBC producer Meirion Jones. Credit: Press Association

He proposed the suggestion, possibly for Panorama, because he said some of the girls who had been molested by Savile were ready to talk about their experiences.

He wrote: "Some of the girls are now prepared to talk about this which might make a core to a film about what Jimmy Savile really got up to - and of course he's dead so he can't sue."

His emails also contain vivid transcripts of the sexual activities in which girls at Duncroft approved school - where Savile was a regular visitor - were encouraged to take part.


Patten: BBC transcripts paint a very unhappy picture

Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten has said the Pollard review transcripts made public today by the corporation paint a "very unhappy picture".

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten. Credit: Press Association

He said in statement: "These documents paint a very unhappy picture, but theBBC needs to be open - more open than others would be - in confronting thefacts that lie behind Nick Pollard's report.

"A limited amount of text has been blacked out for legal reasons, but no one could say that the effect has been to sanitise this material, which again puts a spotlight on some of our failings. We need to acknowledge these shortcomings and learn from them."

Paxman 'struck' by explanation for shelving progamme

Jeremy Paxman told the Pollard review he was "struck" by the words Newsnight editor Peter Rippon used when he told him the Savile report would not be running.

He said: "...What struck me about it was his reply when I mentioned the reasons. He said: 'I'm sorry, I just can't do this'. And I thought that was a very, very unusual word to use, 'can't'...I didn't say 'what do you mean can't?' Someone has told you that you can't or you physically can't face it?

"Now I think there - my suspicion is that there may well have been an element of both."

Acting director-general: BBC 'open and transparent'

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie said: "The BBC has been open and transparent in its handling of this unhappy chapter in our history. It has not been an entirely comfortable process for us to go through but it is right that we did it this way.

"It is important that the BBC now moves forward with the lessons learned and continues to regain the public's trust."

BBC Savile tribute page comments were removed

A BBC tribute page to Jimmy Savile had comments left by viewers removed by moderators, the revelations published today showed.

Jimmy Savile pictured in 2000. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A transcript of the interview between Pollard and the former director-general George Entwistle refers to examples of the comments including one person who wrote: "One of my best friends in 1972 was molested by this creep Savile. He was never the same again.

"Killed himself in 1985. How's About That Then?"

Another person wrote: "He was a paedophile. You may not like the truth but he was. It will all tumble out now."

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