The police let down victims of Jimmy Savile for 50 years.
A new report shows that his serial abuse of children and young people could have been stopped—but the authorities refused to act.
As early as 1962 police recorded Savile’s name in a ledger alongside men arrested for alleged abuse of girls at Duncroft special school.
Between 1963 and 2009 police in eight different forces received at least 13 reports of Savile’s abuse.
Victims were dismissed.
One alleged male victim who told Cheshire police in 1963 that Savile raped him was told to “forget about it”.
In 1998 police received a letter detailing Savile’s crimes, but the report reveals that the letter “was marked as ‘sensitive’ because of Savile’s celebrity status”.
Other police forces were prevented from getting access to the information.
So in 2007 Surrey police investigated allegations against Savile apparently without knowing that he had been accused before.
This is not a story of police incompetence.
The police and establishment protected Savile because he was one of their own.
Police officers attended Savile’s Friday “coffee clubs”.
Savile spent 11 New Years staying with Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher and he was one the BBC’s biggest stars.
Savile’s connections meant he was untouchable and he knew it.