Conduct of two detectives under review in Jimmy Savile case

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A police watchdog has directed Sussex Police to record and refer the conduct of two detectives over their handling of a reported indecent assault carried out by Jimmy Savile.

The officers were responsible for investigating the alleged sexual offence by Savile after a woman contacted the force in March 2008.

As part of the Independent Police Complaints Commission review of material supplied by a number of forces it has requested further information from West Yorkshire Police, Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police Service.

On receipt of the further information from these four police forces we will take decisions as soon as we can whether IPCC investigations are required.

The IPCC is already conducting an independent investigation into allegations a West Yorkshire Police inspector ‘acted on behalf’ of Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009.

The body has now advised other police forces, from which it received Savile-related information, that they do not intend to take further steps in regard to any of their officers at this time. These forces are: Thames Valley, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

After careful assessment of all the information so far available the IPCC has determined there is insufficient evidence of any recordable conduct matters specific to individual police officers which would merit a referral to them. The forces have provided rationale to the IPCC, as requested, for their decision-making in not recording or referring any conduct matters.