Request over Savile probe

Lancashire Constabulary
Lancashire Constabulary

THE police watchdog has asked Lancashire police to consider whether any of its officers should be referred over the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The force revealed last year it is investigating three allegations the shamed DJ abused three children in Blackpool in the 1960s – and now the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) wants to know if it had that intelligence while Savile was alive.

The move comes after West Yorkshire Police was ordered to refer a former inspector over claims he “acted on behalf” of Savile by contacting officers in Surrey before they interviewed Savile over alleged sexual offences in 2009.

IPCC comissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Having had the opportunity to assess all the information that is available to us I directed West Yorkshire Police to record and refer the conduct of a former inspector.

“Furthermore I believe that all the forces that may have had intelligence concerning the late Jimmy Savile should now go back and consider all the relevant information and materials they possess that may highlight any recordable conduct issues for the IPCC to assess.

“A number of bodies are already working to address the deep rooted public concern in this case and have published reports. It is now for the IPCC to assess thoroughly whether or not there are matters in relation to the conduct of individual officers that require an IPCC investigation.”

The IPCC has asked seven forces, including Lancashire, to review whether there are more conduct issues that should be referred to the watchdog.

It is alleged Savile indecently assaulted two girls under 16 and seriously sexually assaulted a boy under 10 in the resort in 1961.

Lancashire Constabulary confirmed it is “currently considering the IPCC’s request for information”.

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