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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."


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."

Victims 'bitterly disappointed' by delay to abuse report

Stuart Hall and Jimmy Savile carried out decades of sexual abuse against many victims. Credit: Martin Rickett/Chris Ison / PA Wire/PA Images

Victims of abuse carried out over decades at the BBC by Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall are said to be "bitterly disappointed" that a report into the claims has been delayed at the request of the Metropolitan Police.

The report, which was compiled after the investigation interviewed 375 witnesses in connection with Savile and more than 100 about Hall, was due to be published in the second half of this month.

A statement released today by the review team said the report was "now finished".

It went on: "However, the Metropolitan Police has told the review that it is concerned that publication of the report now could prejudice its ongoing investigations into sexual abuse. As a result, Dame Janet has taken the decision that publication of the report (and its delivery to the BBC) should be delayed. The BBC is aware of, and accepts, this decision."

Abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which represents 168 victims of Savile and Hall, Liz Dux, said the victims "want to move on with their lives".

This will come as bitterly disappointing news to the victims of Savile and Hall. They desperately want the last of the investigations to be published and to be able to move on with their lives.

Naturally, they do not want to prejudice any outstanding investigation. But given the amount of time that has elapsed since they gave their testimonies, they will question why police investigations are taking so long.

– Lawyer Liz Dux

Report on Savile abuse at the BBC postponed by police

Former entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused hundreds of people over several years. Credit: Chris Ison / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The publication of Dame Janet Smith's report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out campaigns of abuse over decades at the BBC has been postponed at the request of the Metropolitan Police, according to a statement released by the review team.

Jimmy Savile abused 22 pupils at Surrey school

Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused at least 22 pupils and one visitor at a school for emotionally disturbed girls in the 1970s, police say.

Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile. Credit: PA Wire

Surrey Police said Savile was given "unrestricted and largely unsupervised" access to Duncroft School in Staines, Surrey, which he visited 16 times between 1974 and 1979 - even staying overnight on two occasions.

Teenage girls at the school were the victims of 46 offences of sexual abuse by the disgraced entertainer, the force's report found.

The attacks occurred in vehicles taken to the school by Savile and in rooms including the principal's office, dining room, common room, kitchen, TV room and a bedroom of the intensive care unit.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced in December last year that no charges would be brought against former staff members following an investigation into whether anyone was complicit in the abuse.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 81, was a former BBC DJ and presenter and is now known to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.

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