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Cop 'acted for' Jimmy Savile

Issue No. 2342

There was a real development in the Jimmy Savile scandal last week, while the media focused on documents about why the BBC didn’t run its Newsnight investigation.

A former Leeds police inspector is being investigated over claims he “acted on behalf” of Savile. West Yorkshire Police referred him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In 2009 Surrey Police interviewed Savile under caution about sexual offences as part of an ongoing investigation.

They took no further action.

The officer, named only as “Inspector 5”, had contacted Surrey Police three months earlier and explained that Savile had lost the investigators’ contact details.

The Surrey report says, “Inspector 5 then passed a telephone number to Inspector 12 advising that Savile can be contacted and possibly seen tomorrow at Stoke Mandeville Hospital…”

According to the Surrey report Savile, “said he has contacts within the police and whenever he gets letters alleging he has done something wrong he gives them to contacts who ‘get rid’ of them.”

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Tue 26 Feb 2013, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2342
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