By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Prosecutors and police: we failed to stop Savile
Friday 11 January 2013
Predatory paedophile Jimmy Savile could have been prosecuted for offences against at least three victims while he was alive but the complaints were not taken seriously enough, it was admitted today.
Legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Levitt QC said Savile could have been prosecuted in 2009 had police taken his victims’ allegations more seriously.
She found that “had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach” prosecutions could have been possible in relation to three victims.
Police and prosecutors treated the claims “with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required,” Ms Levitt said.
Surrey Police received an allegation in May 2007 that Savile had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Children’s Home in the late 1970s.
As a result of that investigation, two more allegations emerged.
The second, in the ’70s and again at Duncroft, Savile had suggested to a girl aged about 17 that she perform oral sex on him.
And separately a complaint was made to Sussex Police in March 2008 alleging that around 1970 Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early twenties in a caravan in Sussex.
Ms Levitt found that Surrey Police had not informed the alleged victims that other complaints had been made, while Sussex police told the complainant that corroboration was needed and the prosecutor did not question why victims would not support court action or seek to build a case.
Surrey Police consulted the Crown Prosecution Service about all four allegations and it was decided in October 2009 that no prosecution could be brought because the alleged victims would not support police action.
A total of 450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse by Savile since October. Among the recorded crimes are 34 rapes and 126 indecent acts.
Of his victims, almost three-quarters were children – the youngest of whom was eight years old at the time.
The earliest reported offence committed by Savile was in Manchester in 1955, and the final reported allegation was in 2009.
Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the national investigation into Savile’s abuse, said: “Savile’s offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic.
“He cannot face justice today, but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims.
“They have been listened to and taken seriously.”
NSPCC’s Peter Watt added: “The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief.
“He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across,” said Mr Watt.
Savile lobbied Thatcher to increase charitable tax relief, archives show
Tania Mason | 11 Jan 2013
Newly-published government papers dating back 30 years have shown that Jimmy Savile approached then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher about increasing tax relief on charitable donations.
He also met her several times to drum up support for his Stoke Mandeville Hospital appeal – a successful campaign, as the government eventually donated £500,000 to the £10m appeal.
Official records of meetings and a number of letters between the pair were published by the National Archives just before the new year, under the 30-year rule.
Jimmy Savile was thanked in a letter from ex-PM Margaret Thatcher — after finding children’s party entertainers for her as he abused kids: here.
Savile’s extraordinary access to Thatcher detailed in secret files: here.
Revealed: Jimmy Savile’s close friendship with Margaret Thatcher: here.
Rape victim ‘pressured by police to drop claim against man who later killed’: here.
Police investigating allegations of child abuse have seized a list that includes names of government ministers and other prominent establishment figures: here.
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- Media reaction to Savile report (bbc.co.uk)
- Revealed: Jimmy Savile’s close friendship with Margaret Thatcher (independent.co.uk)
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