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IPCC to investigate claims officer acted for Savile

Mick Starkey photographed with Jimmy Savile. Photo:

The police watchdog has launched an investigation into claims a former West Yorkshire inspector "acted on behalf" of Jimmy Savile before the late presenter was questioned over alleged sex crimes by police.

It's alleged Mick Starkey contacted Surrey Police before its detectives interviewed Savile in 2009 over allegations of abuse.

The announcement came after a transcript of the interview was published by Surrey Police, revealing how the disgraced television presenter bragged that he had "a collection" of police contacts in Leeds.

He told officers that he had been targeted with false claims by blackmailers, and said: "I have up in Yorkshire, where I live in Leeds, a collection of senior police persons who come to see me socially, but I give them all my weirdo letters."

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

The disgraced broadcaster was quizzed by officers for almost an hour at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital two years before his death. Today Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Police told ITV News' that in hindsight the force "should have probed more intensively" around Jimmy Savile and the allegations he faced.

But Mr Hurley denied the late television presenter ran rings around the officers who interviewed him.

The IPCC has announced it is to look at whether other police forces who had contact with Savile are to be investigated.