IPCC investigation into Jimmy Savile allegations almost complete

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An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into allegations against a former inspector with West Yorkshire Police having ‘acted on behalf’ of Jimmy Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009 is nearing completion.

The investigation is looking into what knowledge the former inspector had of any letters received making accusations against Savile and what action, if any, was taken in respect of them.

The former inspector has been interviewed under criminal caution by an IPCC investigator.

The IPCC has spoken to several former police and non-police attendees of the ‘Friday Morning Club’, or those with knowledge of it, as witnesses over whether they have any awareness of accusatory letters being received by Savile and passed on to officers or discussed.

IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said: “Investigators have been in contact with a number of the ongoing independent inquiries investigating allegations of abuse by Savile over any information they may have which would be useful to the IPCC independent investigation.”

The IPCC investigation began last year following a direction to the force to record and refer the conduct of the former inspector, identified in a Surrey Police report as ‘Inspector 5’. Other wider Savile-related matters referred to the IPCC by West Yorkshire Police from its Operation Newgreen report were, after assessment, sent back to the force.