Conduct of Sussex Police detectives questioned over Jimmy Savile case

Jimmy Saville METP library
Jimmy Saville METP library

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) 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 our review of material supplied by a number of forces the IPCC 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.

We have now advised other police forces, from which we received Savile-related information, that we 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 we have determined there is insufficient evidence of any recordable conduct matters specific to individual police officers which would merit a referral to the IPCC. The forces have provided rationale to the IPCC, as requested, for their decision-making in not recording or referring any conduct matters.