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Police neglect claim probed after four-year-old's death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it is investigating West Yorkshire Police's handling of concerns about the welfare of a four-year-old boy who starved to death.

Hamzah Khan's body was found at his home in Bradford in 2011, almost two years after he died in his cot.

His mother was jailed for 15 years in October last year after being found guilty of manslaughter.

The IPCC announced the investigation this morning, tweeting:

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We have begun an investigation into @westyorkspolice handling of concerns about the welfare of 4y/o Hamzah Khan http://t.co/dwA6co7gBr

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.@westyorkspolice received neglect allegations before Hamzah's body was found at his home almost 2yrs after he died http://t.co/BswFOhtYyJ

Read: Review finds 'system' not people failed Hamzah Khan

Police Fed: 'Cowardly attack on unarmed officers'

West Yorkshire Police Federation has described the shooting of a female police officer as "a cowardly attack".

Police are hunting for James Leslie over the shooting.

The federation tweeted:

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"This was a cowardly attack on two unarmed police officers dealing with a so called "routine" call," says vice chairman Ned Liddemore #Leeds

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"As has been shown in the early hours of this morning there is no such thing as a routine call when it comes to police officers." #Leeds

Read more: Police description of suspected gunman

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West Yorkshire Police investigate 76 Savile abuse cases

Jimmy Savile in 1976
Jimmy Savile in 1976 Credit: PA/PA Wire

West Yorkshire Police say they are investigating 76 offences related to the former children's TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Former patients at the Leeds General Infirmary, Dewsbury and District Hospital, High Royds Hospital and St James Hospital in Leeds allege they were abused by the Jim'll fix it star.

The force has confirmed that the youngest victim was five-years-old when the alleged abuse took place.

Criminologist: Police report on Savile 'poor'

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist who led the initial ITV Exposure documentary that revealed the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, described the West Yorkshire Police report as "poor".

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I am very supportive of our hardworking police forces but never have I read such a poor report #savile #WYP

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In summary WYP's review of #savile highlights almost complete 'amnesia' or where people remember no report or document can be found.

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The quality of this #savile report seriously concerns me & although WYP has totally exonerated itself perhaps the IPCC can get to the truth.

Savile victim lawyer: Report 'begs a lot more questions'

A solicitor who represents over 40 of Jimmy Savile's victims has told Daybreak that West Yorkshire Police's report on the broadcaster's relationship with the force provides "some answers" but it "doesn't add up" and "begs a lot more questions."

He said: "It seems to me that West Yorkshire Police over the years failed to join up the dots, they had intelligence but something wasn't right."

"Against that background they were using Savile for crime preventions and so on, so they were giving Savile this aura of responsibility again and again, actually by West Yorkshire Police," he added.

Savile 'clearly has been involved with officers'

Jon Christopher, of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said people would ask precisely what was "going on" between Savile and senior police officers. He told BBC Breakfast:

I think people will look at it and think 'what is going on there?'. Because clearly he has been involved with a lot of officers and not just police officers, but other professionals as well.

Nevertheless, it's the police officers who are in the light with this one and clearly the lessons have to be learned from that, if he was under suspicion in other force areas that something could and should have been done at that time.

I think the problem we've got there is the people themselves will know what relationships they had and the extent of those relationships and if there is nothing recorded anywhere I think it is extremely difficult to prove otherwise.

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68 Savile victims have come forward in West Yorkshire

A chart from the report showing the gender profile of 68 of Savile's victims have now come forward in West Yorkshire Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The report from West Yorkshire Police into its relationship with Jimmy Savile said 68 of his victims have now come forward in the force's area.

The report also reveals that his youngest victim was just five years of age and the oldest was 45.

Read: No proof' cops protected Savile

No evidence of Savile 'Friday Morning Club' misconduct

West Yorkshire Police's report into the force's dealings with Jimmy Savile found there was no evidence to conclude that there was any 'impropriety or misconduct in relation to the Friday Morning Club'.

All of those people spoken to who had knowledge of the Friday Morning Club described it as a 'coffee morning'.

Non-police attendees commented on how professionally the police officers who had attended Savile's home conducted themselves.

Savile had friends who were police officers, but he also had friends that were solicitors, doctors and many other professions.

All inquiries have shown that Savile was able to hide his offending from those he came into contact with and who probably thought that they knew him well.

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The report also examined the way in which WYP used Savile's celebrity status to front a range of campaigns and appeals.

It stressed that at the time he was "seen by most of the public as a man who did good work".

But it concluded: "The review team have concerns regarding the absence of a process to secure Savile's services for some of these events and also the over reliance on personal friendships that developed between Savile and some officers over a number of years to secure that support."

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