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Watchdog criticised Surrey Police over Savile interview

Surrey Police was among a number of forces criticised for missing opportunities to investigate Savile allegations in a damning report published in March.

Surrey Police Headquarters in Guildford Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The report by the policing watchdog HMIC identified 11 failures by Surrey Police; among them the fact that officers allowed Savile to choose where and when his interview in 2009 took place.

It also said the interview was "ineffective" because of the "lack of challenge by the Surrey officers to Savile’s assertions".

Responding to the report, Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said that there were "a number of learning points" for the force.


Transcript released under Freedom of Information Act

A transcript of a police interview from 2009, which reveals Jimmy Savile's denials in his own words for the first time, has been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • The interview took place at Stoke Mandeville hospital
  • It was conducted by officers from Surrey Police
  • The transcript is dated 1st October 2009 - two years before Savile's death
  • It lasted 56 minutes with a break to change tapes on the recorder
  • The transcript was released in response to a Freedom of Information request received in March
  • It includes a number of redactions to protect the identities of alleged victims and some police officers

Transcript shows Savile was 'incredibly controlling'

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas, who has read the transcript of the police interview with Jimmy Savile, says it shows how controlling the performer was:

This is a man who is incredibly controlling. He makes threats to the police officers. He talks about ... how he owns Stoke Mandeville [hospital]. He talks about how he has had the keys to Broadmoor [high-security psychiatric hospital].

And he makes a direct threat to the officers that 'if this continues I will take you to the Old Bailey'.

– mark williams-thomas, criminologist


Jimmy Savile told police he had a 'clear conscience'

In the transcript of Jimmy Savile's interview with Surrey Police, the disgraced performer repeatedly claims that the allegations against him were motivated by a desire to blackmail him, or by the newspapers "looking for a story".

Near the start of the interview, he tells police officers he has a "clear conscience".

Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
  1. Lucy Manning

Savile faced allegations and got away with it

What is clear from these transcripts is the sheer arrogance of the man and the fact that they put to him quite detailed allegations, from a number of women and time and again he lies about it - he denies doing anything wrong.

But more than that he's boastful. He boasts about how much money he's raised for the hospital, how he runs the hospital, how women are throwing themselves at him and he talks about other allegations that have been made, but says it's just women trying to get money.

The problem with it is that the police did catch up with him in 2009 but it didn't go any further, the Crown prosecution Service decided that there wasn't enough evidence and there has been criticism of both the police and the CPS dealt with this.

What it means for Savile is that here is a man who faced these allegations in his lifetime and was able to get away with it.

Jimmy Savile's repeated denials to police revealed

ITV News can reveal the stream of lies Jimmy Savile told police when they confronted him with allegations of sex abuse.

A transcript of the conversation - which took place in 2009 two years before the presenter's death - shows how he denied the claims again and again.

It was the last time police officers directly questioned Savile before his death, but a lack of evidence meant he was never charged and died an innocent man.

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Police defend plans to tag dementia patients

Elderly care campaigners have branded a police force's decision to buy tracking devices for dementia patients as "completely wrong". Credit: Reuters

Police have defended their decision to buy GPS locating devices to trace dementia patients amid calls from some elder care campaigners for their withdrawal.

Sussex Police have bought six battery-powered locators as part of a bid to save money and time spent on searching for missing dementia patients.

The National Pensioners Convention described the introduction of the devices as "barbaric" and suggested sufferers could be stigmatised and made to feel like criminals.

But Sergeant Suzie Mitchell said: "The scheme is only costing Sussex Police a few hundred pounds but, comparing this to police time, resources, potential risk to the missing person, let alone the anxiety and worry for their family, it is, in my opinion, a few hundred pounds well spent."

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