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Sussex Police under fire for handling of Jimmy Savile abuse case

The Argus: Sussex Police are under fire in a report about Jimmy Savile for the Director of Public Prosecutions (Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire) Sussex Police are under fire in a report about Jimmy Savile for the Director of Public Prosecutions (Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)

Sussex Police have been criticised for the way they handled an allegation of sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile while the disgraced TV presenter was still alive.

The director for public prosecution’s Principal Legal Advisor, Alison Levitt QC, examined complaints made to the police about the former Top of the Pop presenter.

Ms Levitt concluded prosecutions might have been possible if prosecutors and police had acted differently.

Ms Levitt said she found Sussex Police detectives had dissuaded a young woman form Worthing from supporting a prosecution.

In her report Ms Levitt said the Sussex Police detective constable investigating her case in 2008 “left her in no doubt as to how difficult it would be for a prosecution to take place because Jimmy Savile was a “big celebrity”; she said to me the police had told her no one would believe her.

She remembered DC T telling her that because he had plenty of money, Jimmy Savile would have the best lawyers, it would all take place in a “big court in London” and his lawyers would make “mincemeat” of her.

“She also got the clear impression from the police that she would be publicly branded a liar and that her name would be all over the newspapers, particularly if she 'lost the case'".

Ms Levitt’s report also found the Worthing victim also said she had not been informed about other victims who had come forward in Surrey, that had she gone ahead with a prosecution she would have been entitled to anonymity and  had she known that information she might have been prepared to cooperate in a prosecution.

'Difficult circumstances'

Sussex Police said they acknowledged the findings of the DPP’s report and accepted their officers may have inadvertently dissuaded the victim from supporting any prosecution.

But added “it can be difficult in such circumstances to achieve the balance between supporting and reassuring a victim, whilst providing honest advice about the prosecution process and standard of evidence needed.”

Deputy Chief Constable Giles York said: “Our priority is to be both professional and compassionate, with a focus on achieving the best outcome for victims and respecting their wishes.

“We welcome the DPP’s statement including the finding that the Sussex Police case was handled by experienced and committed officers, who acted in good faith, seeking to apply the correct principles.

"We also recognise that we could have done better and are committed to honest reflection and learning lessons for the future.

Reviewed information

“As soon as publicity about Jimmy Savile developed in October 2012 - before the DPP initiated his review - we started our own detailed Internal Management Review; including reviewing all of the available material, revisiting the victim in Sussex and speaking to the officers involved. A summary of that Review is available.

‘The DPP’s Statement today will help both police and prosecutors further improve how we respond to cases of sexual assault, whether current or historic.

‘We put victim care first and reflect on our actions and we note that the DPP’s Full Report is based on partial information.

Considering report

"We would have welcomed the opportunity to engage with the review and provide full access to our people and information, as we are doing with a similar review being conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’.

‘We will now carefully consider the full content of the DPP’s Full Report, with a view to updating our own policies where appropriate.

"We also pledge to work closely with the CPS and ACPO to take forward the broader ideas and proposals made in the DPP’s Statement today.

‘Meanwhile, I must reassure victims that they should continue to have the confidence to come forward and report this horrendous type of crime.

"We will always attempt to seek justice, even if many years have passed. We carry out many such investigations which often result in substantial sentences.

Read the full report to the Director of Public prosecutions here: www.theargus.co.uk/news/special/dppsavilereport

Details from a second report released today by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC can be found in The Argus report: Extent of Jimmy Savile's abuse revealed in new reports.

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1:46pm Fri 11 Jan 13

gusset snatcher says...

It's a bit late considering he's dead. What next, dig him up and chop his head off then leave it on a pole outside the Tower of London and throw the rest of him to the pigs
It's a bit late considering he's dead. What next, dig him up and chop his head off then leave it on a pole outside the Tower of London and throw the rest of him to the pigs gusset snatcher
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2:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

lordenglandofsussex says...

The media, via the establishment and the Metropolitan Police, are using the Jimmy Savile case as a smokescreen. He was protected for decades by people in government the judiciary and the rest of the establishment. There is absolutely no way that he could have gotten away with so much abuse over so long a period, particularly since he was so close to the Royal Family.

The cover up continues and the peadophile rings at the highest level continues.
The media, via the establishment and the Metropolitan Police, are using the Jimmy Savile case as a smokescreen. He was protected for decades by people in government the judiciary and the rest of the establishment. There is absolutely no way that he could have gotten away with so much abuse over so long a period, particularly since he was so close to the Royal Family. The cover up continues and the peadophile rings at the highest level continues. lordenglandofsussex
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2:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Tom V says...

I would like to know if other victims of rape and sexual assault are warned they are unlikely to win. I think that would set this in more context, it's not just about celebrity but rape in general.

The success rates in prosecutions are distressingly low because genuine victims are rarely believed. That's why they're not always encouraged to go to court.
I would like to know if other victims of rape and sexual assault are warned they are unlikely to win. I think that would set this in more context, it's not just about celebrity but rape in general. The success rates in prosecutions are distressingly low because genuine victims are rarely believed. That's why they're not always encouraged to go to court. Tom V
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2:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

wewe83 says...

This makes me feel sick sussex police supporting sex offenders again so what' this mean every one with sir at the start of their name can go around committing sex offence and then send sussex police around to bush it under the carpet saying he's a powful man and he's got lots money what did he pay the officers off or some thing if I was the victim I would be suing sussex police and asking questions about the officers conduct the sickos
This makes me feel sick sussex police supporting sex offenders again so what' this mean every one with sir at the start of their name can go around committing sex offence and then send sussex police around to bush it under the carpet saying he's a powful man and he's got lots money what did he pay the officers off or some thing if I was the victim I would be suing sussex police and asking questions about the officers conduct the sickos wewe83
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2:16pm Fri 11 Jan 13

wewe83 says...

And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos
And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos wewe83
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2:31pm Fri 11 Jan 13

MuammarQaddafi says...

If Sussex police really wish to apologise, they can do so by following up future allegations with more vigour and with more sympathy for the victims.
If Sussex police really wish to apologise, they can do so by following up future allegations with more vigour and with more sympathy for the victims. MuammarQaddafi
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5:55pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Spx says...

It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car
It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car Spx
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8:01pm Fri 11 Jan 13

hubby says...

I am worried that the Police are trying to insinuate that he did his dirty deeds completely unilaterally.
This pervert had people at the very highest level watching his back.
They are the ones we need to know about.We have heard just about enough about Saville.
I am worried that the Police are trying to insinuate that he did his dirty deeds completely unilaterally. This pervert had people at the very highest level watching his back. They are the ones we need to know about.We have heard just about enough about Saville. hubby
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9:55pm Fri 11 Jan 13

D360 says...

Spx wrote:
It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car
What?!
[quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car[/p][/quote]What?! D360
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10:25pm Fri 11 Jan 13

AmboGuy says...

D360 wrote:
Spx wrote:
It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car
What?!
Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!!
[quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car[/p][/quote]What?![/p][/quote]Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!! AmboGuy
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12:33am Sat 12 Jan 13

trystero says...

hubby wrote:
I am worried that the Police are trying to insinuate that he did his dirty deeds completely unilaterally.
This pervert had people at the very highest level watching his back.
They are the ones we need to know about.We have heard just about enough about Saville.
Apparently Savile spent every single New Year's Eve at Chequers during the regime of one particular Prime Minister. They were often photographed together, and the PM in question also made three appearances on 'Jim'll Fix It'. The same PM also ensured that Savile was knighted in the 1990 honours list. "People at the very highest level watching his back" indeed.

I wonder who this PM (clearly one of "the ones we need to know about") might have been, and which political party they might have been leading during their time at the head of HM Government?
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I am worried that the Police are trying to insinuate that he did his dirty deeds completely unilaterally. This pervert had people at the very highest level watching his back. They are the ones we need to know about.We have heard just about enough about Saville.[/p][/quote]Apparently Savile spent every single New Year's Eve at Chequers during the regime of one particular Prime Minister. They were often photographed together, and the PM in question also made three appearances on 'Jim'll Fix It'. The same PM also ensured that Savile was knighted in the 1990 honours list. "People at the very highest level watching his back" indeed. I wonder who this PM (clearly one of "the ones we need to know about") might have been, and which political party they might have been leading during their time at the head of HM Government? trystero
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3:43pm Sat 12 Jan 13

D360 says...

wewe83 wrote:
And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos
Have you finished ranting?

The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court.

And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride?

On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.
[quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos[/p][/quote]Have you finished ranting? The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court. And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride? On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation. D360
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3:46pm Sat 12 Jan 13

D360 says...

AmboGuy wrote:
D360 wrote:
Spx wrote:
It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car
What?!
Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!!
I think he's trying to make a point but his brain won't let him
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car[/p][/quote]What?![/p][/quote]Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!![/p][/quote]I think he's trying to make a point but his brain won't let him D360
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3:46pm Sat 12 Jan 13

D360 says...

AmboGuy wrote:
D360 wrote:
Spx wrote:
It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car
What?!
Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!!
I think he's trying to make a point but his brain won't let him
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to investigate stuff from inside a nice warm police car[/p][/quote]What?![/p][/quote]Don't worry it's just his usual drivel!![/p][/quote]I think he's trying to make a point but his brain won't let him D360
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9:49pm Sat 12 Jan 13

wewe83 says...

D360 wrote:
wewe83 wrote:
And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos
Have you finished ranting?

The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court.

And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride?

On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.
You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer
[quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos[/p][/quote]Have you finished ranting? The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court. And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride? On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.[/p][/quote]You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer wewe83
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10:50am Sun 13 Jan 13

Roundbill says...

wewe83 wrote:
D360 wrote:
wewe83 wrote:
And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos
Have you finished ranting?

The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court.

And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride?

On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.
You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer
And thus the debate degenerates into "if you don't want to help me lynch the dodgy bloke down the road, YOU must be a peedo!"
Ooh, it's like the McCarthy witch-hunt all over again, innit?
[quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos[/p][/quote]Have you finished ranting? The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court. And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride? On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.[/p][/quote]You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer[/p][/quote]And thus the debate degenerates into "if you don't want to help me lynch the dodgy bloke down the road, YOU must be a peedo!" Ooh, it's like the McCarthy witch-hunt all over again, innit? Roundbill
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11:56am Sun 13 Jan 13

D360 says...

wewe83 wrote:
D360 wrote:
wewe83 wrote:
And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos
Have you finished ranting?

The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court.

And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride?

On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.
You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer
Yes well done, you certainly blew my reasoned point of view out of the water and that intelligent response.
[quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wewe83[/bold] wrote: And no wonder victims never come foward for years with police going around victims house and in so many words saying shut it he's a sir and he's got money how many how many more sex offenders will sussex police cover up for the officer who delt with this case should be delt with by the court and lose their jobs sickos[/p][/quote]Have you finished ranting? The detective is quite right. Going to the police in 2008 to report that decades ago you were touched by Jimmy Saville, who until recently was considered a " butter wouldn't melt" children's hero. First I would be surprised if the claim would be enough to justify an arrest let alone get to court. And have you ever had to go to court as a victim or witness of crime? The defence barrister is paid to make you look like you're lying, mistaken, making it up, confused, anything to discredit you. It's only right people are told this, would you rather the " sickos" tell victims it will be an easy ride? On a personal note if you'd paid more attention in school you'd know how to use punctuation.[/p][/quote]You must support sex offenders then or some thing or maybe you're a police officer[/p][/quote]Yes well done, you certainly blew my reasoned point of view out of the water and that intelligent response. D360
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