Ex-officer cleared of 'acting on behalf' of Jimmy Savile

A former West Yorkshire Police inspector accused of acting on behalf of Jimmy Savile by contacting officers before an interview has "no case to answer", the police watchdog has said.

The officer was accused of contacting Surrey Police before they questioned Savile over alleged sexual offences in 2009 but has been cleared by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

West Yorkshire Police was ordered by the IPCC in 2013 to refer the conduct of the officer.

The Commission asked seven forces to review whether there were more conduct issues that should be referred to the watchdog over the Savile investigation.

In 2013, West Yorkshire Police also conducted its own review into its contacts with Savile.

It concluded there was no evidence the TV star was protected from arrest or prosecution as a result of his relationship with West Yorkshire Police or officers.

Savile, who died in 2011, was posthumously exposed for assaulting and raping hundreds of people, including young children.