Today. the government and police have sent a clear message to Britain’s high profile paedophiles: carry on as you are – you can count on us to fumble any investigations, threaten anyone who files a complaint with arrest and cover up your sick crimes.
Via The Telegraph:
Tip offs and complaints against the BBC presenter dating back to 1964 suggested that he was a serial paedophile who was using his fame to target children.
But the allegations were never pursued or linked, resulting in a systemic failure by police forces around the country to “join the dots”.
A report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that was commissioned by the Home Secretary Theresa May, found that numerous opportunities to prosecute Savile and stop the abuse were missed.
Savile, who died in October 2011, has since been identified as the country’s most prolific child sex offender.
More than 450 people have come forward in recent months to claim he abused them, with police pinpointing at least 214 offences including 34 rapes.
But today’s report revealed that during his life just seven incidents were recorded by police forces around Britain.
The first dated back to 1964 when the Metropolitan Police’s Paedophile Unit received intelligence that Savile had been sexually abusing girls from the Duncroft Children’s Home in Staines, Surrey.
Nothing was ever done about the tip off and the information was never transferred onto the national police computer.
In 1998 officers in Scotland Yard’s vice squad also received an anonymous letter setting out detailed allegations about Savile’s activities.
The letter claimed that Savile often used rent boys and stated that this had resulted in an attempt to blackmail him.
But officers did not pursue the allegations properly and in a “potentially critical decision” the letter was classified as “sensitive” because of Savile’s celebrity status.
This meant the information was not available to other officers investigating future complaints against Savile.
In 2003 a woman came forward to allege that she had been sexually assaulted by Savile 30 years earlier when as a 15-year-old she had visited Top of the Pops.
Savile was never interviewed about the complaint and the file was marked “restricted” because of his celebrity status.
Today’s report concluded this classification was to have a “profound effect, rendering the record invisible” to future investigations and preventing officers from spotting a pattern in Savile’s behaviour.
The report also found shortcomings in the way the Surrey and Sussex forces handled allegations made against the entertainer in 2007 and 2008.
In both cases the victims said they did not wish to pursue the complaints, but HMIC investigators said more could have been done to encourage and support those making the complaints.
Today’s report also identified an incident in 1963 when a male victim reported an allegation of rape by Savile to Cheshire Police.
The victim was told to “forget about it “ and “move on” and the complaint was never investigated.
On another occasion a man made a complaint to the Metropolitan Police that his girlfriend had been assaulted by Savile at BBC Television Centre.
But he was told that he could be arrested for making such a complaint and again the complaint was not investigated.
HM Inspector of Constabulary, Drusilla Sharpling, said: “The findings in this report are of deep concern, and clearly there were mistakes in how the police handled the allegations made against Savile during his lifetime.
“However, an equally profound problem is that victims felt unable to come forward and report crimes of sexual abuse.
“It is imperative that all those charged with protecting these victims do more to encourage reporting, taking the right action to bring perpetrators to justice.”