Yorkshire detective who ‘acted on behalf’ of Jimmy Savile faces gross misconduct probe

Jimmy Savile at the opening of a spinal injuries centre at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield
Jimmy Savile at the opening of a spinal injuries centre at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield
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A FORMER West Yorkshire Police inspector who allegedly intervened on behalf of Jimmy Savile while he was facing sex abuse claims has been interviewed under criminal caution.

Watchdog the Indpendent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said its inquiry into the actions of the ex-officer – referred to in official reports as ‘Inspector 5’ but thought to be Mick Starkey – is now “nearing completion”.

It has been claimed the inspector, who worked in Leeds and was a friend of the disgraced late entertainer, “acted on behalf” of him by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police before he was interviewed about assault claims in 2009.

Providing an update on its investigation into West Yorkshire Police’s dealings with Savile, the IPCC said yesterday: “The former inspector has been interviewed under criminal caution by an IPCC investigator.”

The watchdog said it had also been speaking to members of the so-called ‘Friday Morning Club’ social gatherings at Savile’s Roundhay Park flat.

The celebrity boasted of having close police contacts in Leeds and said he passed on to officers, who attended the club, letters from blackmailers claiming to have been assaulted by him.

“The IPCC has spoken to several former police and non-police attendees of the Friday Morning Club, or those with knowledge of it, as witnesses over whether they have any awareness of accusatory letters being received by Savile and passed on to officers or discussed,” its statement said.

Meanwhile, a North Yorkshire detective sergeant is one of five serving officers issued with a misconduct notice over their involvement with claims against Savile.

The notice relates to his handling of information from a 15-year-old girl regarding Savile and his late associate Peter Jaconelli in January 2002.

How two revelations made by a serving prisoner about Jaconelli in December 2008 and January 2009 were treated is also being investigated.

The investigation got under way following a referral from North Yorkshire Police in April over whether information it had on record about Savile and his associates was properly disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Elsewher, four serving detectives with Sussex Police are being investigated over their handling of a reported indecent assault carried out by Savile in 1970.

A detective sergeant and detective constable, who visited the complainant after she contacted the force in March 2008, have been served with gross misconduct notices.

Another two officers, a detective chief inspector and detective inspector, who had supervisory roles, have received misconduct notices.

Investigators have taken a statement from the woman and are due to quiz the four officers soon.

A retired Surrey Police detective is also under investigation over the handling of claims of sexual abuse by Savile at Duncroft School.