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Investigation into former West Yorkshire Police officer who ‘helped’ Savile

Opening of the new Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital.Sir Jimmy Savile

Opening of the new Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital.Sir Jimmy Savile

A former West Yorkshire Police Inspector who is alleged to have acted on behalf of Jimmy Savile is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The unnamed officer is alleged to have contacted Surrey Police ahead of an interview with Savile in 2009.

The IPCC has written to West Yorkshire Police and six other forces around the country asking them to review all relevant material and information about Savile and the conduct of officers.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Having had the opportunity to assess all the information that is available to us I directed West Yorkshire Police to record and refer the conduct of a former inspector.

“Furthermore I believe that all the forces that may have had intelligence concerning the late Jimmy Savile should now go back and consider all the relevant information and materials they possess that may highlight any recordable conduct issues for the IPCC to assess.

“A number of bodies are already working to address the deep rooted public concern in this case and have published reports. It is now for the IPCC to assess thoroughly whether or not there are matters in relation to the conduct of individual officers that require an IPCC investigation. This may be of little comfort to victims of crime but I hope that the IPCC can play some part in addressing what many see as a catalogue of institutional failings.”

The decision has been welcomed by the West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

He said: “It is vitally important that the people of West Yorkshire and elsewhere understand what happened and the role that the police played during the many years that Savile lived in West Yorkshire and committed such shocking crimes here and throughout the UK.”

 
 
 

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