Force takes time to probe its Savile links

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A police force investigating its involvement with Jimmy Savile has delayed publication of a report due to the volume of material being reviewed.

West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is reviewing all past contact with Savile, who lived in Leeds, after a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) highlighted failings by forces across Britain.

The force is investigating issues raised in the report and said it owed it to the public to present a full picture of the DJ’s offending and his relationship with officers.

More than 40 victims from West Yorkshire have come forward since Operation Yewtree was launched by Metropolitan Police in October.

But the HMIC report, published this month, said West Yorkshire Police claimed it had no information relating to Savile’s crimes in the area.

It found “inquiries were continuing in an effort to identify” an anonymous letter sent to the force by Scotland Yard in 1998, which claimed Savile was a paedophile.

The force is investigating Savile’s Friday coffee mornings, which were attended by former and serving West Yorkshire Police officers.

WYP’s inquiry was due to be published at the end of March, but the investigation is still weeks from completion.