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Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has released a statement about the forces decision to make a voluntary referral to the IPCC over the way it handled allegations against Jimmy Savile:
"After identifying a number of issues, voluntarily referring the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was the right thing to do.
"I am confident that, having ordered an external peer review of North Yorkshire Police's processes, the Chief Constable has acted promptly and robustly on receiving the interim findings from that report.
"We must now wait for the IPCC to determine what happens next.
“In the meantime, on behalf of the public and victims, I want to reiterate our commitment to ensuring they receive the best possible service.
"The issues raised centre around historical allegations and internal processes.
"I am confident that the force is dealing with them and they continue to provide an excellent service to the public and victims on a daily basis.”
North Yorkshire Police has made a voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over handling of historic child sex allegations against Jimmy Savile.
The referral also relates to several allegations made recently about Savile's friend, Scarborough resident Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999.
It also relates to whether any information it held on Savile or his known associates was properly disclosed to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary in December 2012 and again by the IPCC in May last year.
Information has already been referred by North Yorkshire Police to Operation Yewtree, the national investigation into allegations regarding Savile’s activities.
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North Yorkshire Police is being investigated over how it handled allegations of abuse made against Savile and his friend Peter Jaconelli.
North Yorkshire Police referred itself to IPCC over its handling of child sex abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile.