Police forces mishandled complaints and missed opportunities to apprehend Jimmy Savile, a critical report says.
The earliest known complaint was in 1963. HM Inspector of Constabulary Drusilla Sharpling said she was "shocked" by the extent of his crimes.
A missed opportunity to investigate Savile in 1963 when a male victim reported to Cheshire police that he had been raped by Savile. An officer told the victim to "forget about it". Cheshire Police says it can find no record of the allegation. A man who reported to police in London that his girlfriend had been assaulted at a recording of Top of the Pops and was warned that he "could be arrested for making such allegations" and sent away In 1964 intelligence about Savile was entered into a ledger used by the Met's paedophile unit. It said the DJ had visited an address used by girls who had absconded from Duncroft Approved School in Surrey. There is no record of any investigation Anonymous allegations sent to the Met in 1998 in a letter that described Savile as a "deeply committed paedophile" In 2003, the Met also compiled a crime report relating to a complaint about a 1970s incident In 2007, Surrey Police compiled a report after complaints from three victims and the following year a Sussex report focused on a complaint from one victim.
Jimmy Savile was banned from BBC Children in Need because of his suspicious behaviour with children more than a decade ago,
"When adults who should be trusted to care for children abuse their power and position of trust, committing violent crimes that can haunt those young people for the rest of their lives. institutions for protecting children, including in the criminal justice system, fail to step in to provide greater protection or fail to hold perpetrators to account.
Child sexual abuse allegations involving Jimmy Savile and under-age teenagers, mainly girls, resurfaced in late September 2012, leading to the British entertainer and philanthropist—who had worked primarily for the BBC before his death a year earlier—becoming the subject of a national child sexual abuse scandal. The number of British police forces receiving allegations had risen to 13 by 11 October 2012. To date, police investigators have received 340 lines of inquiry and have officially recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences, but are in contact with a total of 40 potential victims involving incidents dating back to 1959. Much of Savile's career involved working with children and young people, including visiting schools and hospital wards. He spent 20 years presenting Top of the Pops before a teenage audience, and another 20 years presenting Jim'll Fix It—in which he helped the wishes of viewers, mainly children, come true. During his lifetime, Savile was never convicted of any sexual offences—despite several investigations, which concluded that there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Savile professed to dislike children and admitted to not owning a computer in the hope that those who were suspicious of him would be prevented from jumping to conclusions that he was a paedophile. In a documentary with Louis Theroux, Savile said he was "feared in every girl's school in the country", but specifically denied being guilty of misconduct with children sexually.