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Reports defence chiefs tried to cover up costs of forces attending funeral of Jimmy Savile

It is reported that the Ministry of Defence tried to cover up how much tax payers' money was used to have members of the armed forces attend the funeral of disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Reports defence chiefs tried to cover up costs of forces attending funeral of Jimmy Savile Credit: Press Association

Fifteen troops were sent to attend the funeral in November 2011 at a cost of £1,647.11, but when a Freedom of Information request was submitted to the Ministry of Defence to find out the cost, officials said there was "no information".

An internal investigation revealed that officials had breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to disclose the details.

The Royal Marines regularly support high profile public events. On this occasion the criminal activity of Mr Savile, subsequently uncovered as part of Operation Yewtree, was unknown and the Royal Marines acted with the best intentions at the time.

– Ministry of Defence spokesperson