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Sussex Police told to review Savile case by police watchdog
Sussex Police have been asked to investigate how it dealt with the Jimmy Savile case.
The force was among seven forces nationwide today told by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), to do so.
The IPCC wrote to forces including Sussex, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Surrey, Thames Valley, Metropolitan and Lancashire, and asked them to review all relevant material in relation to Savile.
It wants them to establish whether there are “conduct matters” that should be referred to the IPCC.
The forces – including Sussex – are expected to hand over any relevant information to the IPCC.
If they do not they will have to explain the rationale for not doing do.
The IPCC asked the forces to review its dealings with the controversial star following a reported incident in West Yorkshire involving him and a former inspector.
The inspector is alleged to have “acted on behalf” of Savile by contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009.
The IPCC are now investigating whether this is the case and want to see if similar incidents could have occurred elsewhere – including in Sussex.
This decision follows the IPCC’s review of recently published reports in relation to Savile.
This report criticised Sussex Police’s dealing with an alleged victim of the Top of the Top’s star in Worthing in 2008.
IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: "Having had the opportunity to assess all the information that is available to us I directed West Yorkshire Police to record and refer the conduct of a former inspector.
"Furthermore I believe that all the forces that may have had intelligence concerning the late Jimmy Savile should now go back and consider all the relevant information and materials they possess that may highlight any recordable conduct issues for the IPCC to assess.
"A number of bodies are already working to address the deep rooted public concern in this case and have published reports.
“It is now for the IPCC to assess thoroughly whether or not there are matters in relation to the conduct of individual officers that require an IPCC investigation.
“This may be of little comfort to victims of crime but I hope that the IPCC can play some part in addressing what many see as a catalogue of institutional failings.”
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