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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Book shows Savile known to police in 1964

A police ledger shows that Jimmy Savile was known to Scotland Yard as early as 1964, having been linked to arrests of men taking advantage of girls from the Duncroft School.

The book has Savile's name as early as 1964. Credit: ITV News
Savile is linked to arrests at an address in London. Credit: ITV News
It took 50 years for the truth to subsequently come out. Credit: ITV News


Documents reveal Savile was known to police in 1964

Scotland Yard documents seen by ITV News have revealed that Jimmy Savile’s name had been linked with arrests made of men taking advantage of girls from the Duncroft School as early as 1964.

Savile’s name was written down in a ledger by a police officer, but it would take 50 years for the truth about Savile to come out.

Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the specialist crime command at the Met who revealed the book, told ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning:

“There is an entry very early on in the book that talks about a premises in Battersea Bridge Road where two men were investigated and indeed prosecuted for living off immoral earnings.

“It’s a property where girls from the Duncroft School were visiting and Savile is shown in there [the ledger] as frequenting that premises.”

Labour: Savile report is ‘deeply disturbing’

Yvette Cooper says not enough is being done in the aftermath of Saville. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has described the HMIC report into Jimmy Savile as “deeply disturbing” and has called on the government to launch an “overarching review”.

She said: “This report is deeply disturbing as it highlights some of the missed opportunities the police had to stop the criminal abuse perpetuated by Jimmy Savile since the mid 1960s...

“No one is looking at the full picture.

“This is not a historic problem, there are still failings in the current system, victims are still not taken seriously enough and action is needed today...

“The Home Secretary must act and set up a proper overarching review led by child protection experts into why everyone failed to stop Savile and what should be done now.”

Police chief: Savile case could happen all over again

Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, has echoed the warning in today’s HMIC report into Jimmy Savile that a failure to share intelligence on a prolific offender could happen again.

He also criticised searching for individual members of staff to blame rather than “addressing some of the fundamental underlying issues".

Although we now have had a police national database operational since 2011 to enable forces to share intelligence it has to be acknowledged that having 43 separate police forces in England and Wales and no national headquarters for policing makes achieving consistent national standards all the more difficult...

When links are identified which cross force boundaries and periods of time there are some inevitable tensions in deciding which force will take on the investigation...

There is little public support for a national police force as is being created in Scotland but while localism has many strengths it does make it more difficult when cases cross boundaries and when we are trying to achieve national standards.

– Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police

W Yorks Police: No wrongdoing at Savile 'coffee clubs'

West Yorkshire Police have insisted that there is “no suggestion” of “inappropriate activity” by officers who attended Savile’s Friday coffee mornings.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee, responding to the HMIC report into Savile, added that the force has greatly improved its victim and witness care.

Enquiries are continuing to identify anyone who attended [Savile’s Friday coffee mornings], but are quite advanced.

We have spoken to officers, friends and former employees of Savile and to date, there has been no suggestion from any one of those people of any passing of letters to the police for them to deal with or inappropriate activity, by anyone present.

– West Yorkshire police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee


Lawyer: Child abuse lessons have not been learned

Lawyer Alan Collins, who is representing many of Jimmy Savile's victims, said the report out today on Savile's abuse failures highlights "certain negativity."

He has told Daybreak: "We would like to think that lessons have been learned from all the child abuse scandals in the past, but that does not appear to have been the case."

He added: "Officers who had perhaps not got the necessary experience or not had the proper training had approached difficult cases such as these, with the wrong frame of mind."

Savile victim: People could have been saved from abuse

Deborah Cogger, who was abused by Jimmy Savile as a teenager, she said she is "disappointed" by the findings in this morning's report.

Deborah told Daybreak that hundreds of people, including herself, should not have gone through what they did.

Speaking to presenters she said the abuse she experienced from Savile has affected her life, "I don't trust people very much, I haven't had very long term relationships, and can't stick at anything for long."

Sussex Police: We have improved as a result of Savile

Sussex Police says the public has more confidence in reporting sexual crimes as a result of the changes in the force post-Savile.

As soon as news about Jimmy Saville started to break in October last year, we commenced our own detailed internal management review, including looking at all our investigation reports, revisiting the victim in Sussex and talking to the officers involved.

As a result we have improved our service to victims.

Sussex Police have spoken with 30 people who have come forward since October 2012, regarding incidents relating to Jimmy Savile...

We are encouraged by increased reporting, which indicates that victims are now confident enough to make their report and we will endeavour to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

– Sussex Police Deputy Chief Constable Giles York

Bob Milton: UK Police force has learnt 'harsh lessons'

Former Met Police Commander Bob Milton said the UK police force has learnt "harsh lessons."

Forces have been criticised for a number of failures to stop Jimmy Savile's abuse by a police watchdog.

Mr Milton said: "I can assure you now that the advances made in the way we deal with rape cases now is much better than it ever has been."

He added that 1970s policing was all about "enforcing the law", but the police force today delivers a service, he said "we understand that we have to actually support people, support communities, support individuals."

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