How police missed chances to catch Savile

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NINE of Jimmy Savile’s West Yorkshire victims were under 10 and one of them was only five, a report has revealed.

West Yorkshire Police yesterday published the results of an internal inquiry into the disgraced entertainer and its officers’ relationship with him. It revealed 68 victims had come forward in the force area, but none made official complaints while Savile was alive.

Jimmy Savile at his home at Roundhay, Leeds in 2011. Picture by Simon Hulme

Jimmy Savile at his home at Roundhay, Leeds in 2011. Picture by Simon Hulme

The report, which cleared officers of covering up Savile’s crimes, said there had now been 76 recorded crimes spanning six decades, 72 of them taking place in Savile’s home city of Leeds.

Children’s charity the NSPCC said the report revealed “more potential missed opportunities by the police to catch Savile” and left questions that needed answering.

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said: “However, this is not just about poor record keeping and a lack of joining the dots by the police.

“Victims were ignored by many people and Savile was therefore allowed to commit horrific abuse against young and vulnerable children across six separate decades.

“Very few people questioned his intentions, his access to hospitals and schools, or his clearly worrying behaviour.

“We all now have a collective responsibility to ensure this can never happen again.”

West Yorkshire Police’s report said its review team had found no evidence of allegations being made against Savile while he was alive.

It added: “Some people may have difficulty in reconciling this fact; indeed WYP has difficulty in reconciling this.

“That said, none of the victims currently identified had previously reported their abuse to WYP and we are committed to fully understanding this and learning the lessons.”