Savile officers face no action

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An independent body today said it would not take further action regarding Lancashire Police’s decision not to record or refer conduct matters of officers to whom complaints were made about the late disgraced TV celebrity Jimmy Savile.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is believed to have abused hundreds of children.

The IPCC said it had advised Lancashire Constabulary, along with four other forces - Thames Valley, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and North Yorkshire - it did not intend to take further steps in regard to any of their officers at this time.

In a statement, a spokesman for the organisation said: “After careful assessment of all the information so far available we have determined there is insufficient evidence of any recordable conduct matters specific to individual police officers which would merit a referral to the IPCC.

“The forces have provided rationale to the IPCC, as requested, for their decision-making in not recording or referring any conduct matters.”

However the IPCC has directed Sussex Police to record and refer the conduct of two detectives over their handling of a reported indecent assault carried out by Savile. The officers were responsible for investigating an alleged sexual offence after a woman contacted the force in March 2008.

As part of a review of material supplied by several forces, the IPCC has requested further information from West Yorkshire, Surrey and the Metropolitan Police.