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.
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.
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.
– West Yorkshire Police report
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."