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Savile failings 'could reoccur'

The police inspector watchdog and the head of Greater Manchester Police have warned forces' failures to share intelligence on a prolific offender such as Jimmy Savile could happen again. A report has highlighted missed opportunities to stop the abuse

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Savile 'could have been stopped in 1964'

Jimmy Savile pictured in his Leeds home in 1990. Credit: PA

Police forces across Britain have come under fire for ignoring Jimmy Savile's abuse victims as it emerged the disgraced presenter could have been stopped as early as 1964.

In a shock warning, policing inspectors said there is a "distinct possibility" that officers could fail to prevent another Savile-like scandal from happening again.

Just five allegations and two pieces of intelligence were recorded against Savile during his lifetime, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found.

This is in stark contrast to the 450 claims made against the former Top Of The Pops presenter after Operation Yewtree was launched by Metropolitan Police in October.

The earliest record uncovered by HMIC naming Savile in connection with a sexual abuse investigation is dated 1964, but officers failed to act on the intelligence received.

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