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UK police missed opportunities to halt Jimmy Savile`s sex abuse: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 13:38

London: British police forces failed to "join the dots" and missed several opportunities to stop sex offender Jimmy Savile, a report has said.

Her Majesty`s Inspectorate of Constabulary said forces had failed to understand the depth of the DJ and TV presenter`s sexual offending.

The report, commissioned by Home Secretary Theresa May, also accused police of mishandling complaints and intelligence, the BBC reports.

The report was an attempt to find out how much police knew about Savile before he was exposed as a sex offender in 2012.

The police watchdog said that it had found five reports made to the police about Savile prior to his death and two pieces of intelligence, all of which had been mishandled in different ways.

The earliest known missed opportunity to investigate Savile was in 1963 when a male victim reported to Cheshire police that he had been raped by Savile, according to the report.

According to the report, an officer told the victim to "forget about it".

May said the HMIC report had brought into `sharp focus police failings that allowed Savile to act with impunity over five decades`.


First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 13:38
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