British Oversight Unit Says Police Failed to Pursue Sex Accusations Against Savile
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times
Posted: March 19th, 2013
Police failures over five decades allowed Jimmy Savile, one of Britains best-known television personalities, to escape investigation for a lifetime of sex offenses dating back to the early 1960s. [A] report detailed poor police procedures, missed opportunities and an unwillingness to pursue accusations against one of the countrys biggest celebrities, whose renown also inhibited victims from coming forward. According to Tuesdays report by Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary, which reviews police forces and policing in England and Wales and answers to Parliament, the police were first alerted to accusations of sex crimes by Mr. Savile in Cheshire in 1963. On that occasion, a male reported to a local police officer that Mr. Savile had raped him the day before, but was told to forget about it and move on, and no official crime report was made or investigation undertaken, the inspectorates report said. During Mr. Saviles lifetime, the inspectorate found, the police recorded five accusations of criminal conduct and two further pieces of intelligence about his behavior; the earliest of these formal entries in the records dated from 1964. We have not found evidence to suggest that any investigation was carried out as a result of that intelligence, the document said. Since Mr. Saviles death in 2011, more than 600 people have come forward with information about him, including 450 who have made specific accusations.
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