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Police Watchdog Rejects West Yorkshire Police Report into Savile

Jimmy Savile

12:26pm 17th May 2013
(Updated 5:17pm 17th May 2013)

The Police Watchdog has rejected West Yorkshire Police's report into Jimmy Savile.

The force said it found no evidence officers protected the disgraced star.

But the IPCC says the report by West Yorkshire Police is "not sufficiently detailed".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission told Minster FM:

"The Independent Police Complaints Commission has received responses from a number of forces we have written to asking them to review all relevant material and information to establish whether there are conduct matters that should be referred to us. These forces are West Yorkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley, the Metropolitan and Lancashire police forces. We await a full response from Greater Manchester Police.

Following publication of the HMIC report earlier in the year we have also written to Cheshire Constabulary, and in the light of further information to North Yorkshire Police asking both forces to undertake the same review.

The IPCC has declined the recent referrals from West Yorkshire Police arising from their Savile report on the basis that they are not sufficiently detailed to satisfy the requirements for referrals of conduct matters under the Police Reform Act. We have asked West Yorkshire Police to consider these matters further.  

A previous referral received in relation to the alleged actions of a former West Yorkshire police inspector has been accepted and is being assessed by the IPCC.

The only referral the IPCC has received at present is from West Yorkshire. All the information received is being assessed by the IPCC and we will make decisions as soon as we are able as to whether or not there are matters in relation to the conduct of individual officers that require an IPCC investigation."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson, said:

"We note the IPCC's decision to decline the recent referrals from the Force arising from the Savile report.

"We will now consider the matters further and respond to the IPCC as soon as possible."

North Yorkshire Police spokesman said in connection to the force being asked to do it's own report into conduct matters relating to Jimmy Savile: "North Yorkshire Police is assisting the IPCC with the request."

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