Retired cop investigated over claims he "acted on behalf" of Jimmy Savile
The former inspector is accused of contacting Surrey Police on behalf of Savile in 2009 during an inquiry into historical sex abuse allegations against the TV presenter.
He has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by West Yorkshire Police, the watchdog said today.
A Surrey Police report claims the unnamed officer from Leeds told police from the force that he was aware of numerous sex abuse allegations against the DJ. But the West Yorkshire force had no claims on their system, it adds.
The report revealed how the officer - named only as “Inspector 5” - contacted Surrey Police on 8 June 2009 and explained that Savile had lost the contact details of one of the investigating officers.
The report says: “Inspector 5 then passed a telephone number to Inspector 12 advising that Savile can be contacted and possibly seen tomorrow at Stoke Mandeville Hospital...
“Inspector 12 outlined the conversation with Inspector 5 and made reference to the fact that he was known personally to Savile and that Savile gets many of these complaints.”
The report, by Dept Supt Jon Savell, also described the vile star’s interview under caution in 2009.
It said: “He said he has contacts within the police and whenever he gets letters alleging he has done something wrong he gives them to contacts who ‘get rid’ of them.”
Pervert Savile hosted a Friday Morning Club at his penthouse in Leeds, which included an inner circle of serving or former police officers.
He enjoyed a cosy relationship with certain individuals within the police through the club he hosted for male friends in Roundhay Park.
Regulars at the get-togethers - which met for almost 20 years - included up to nine serving or ex-policemen.
Savile was questioned under caution after Surrey police received an allegation in 2007 that he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Approved School for Girls in the late 1970s.
Prosecutors decided in 2009 that no case could be brought because the alleged victims would not support action.
The IPCC is examining whether the actions of the police inspector who contacted Surrey amounted to misconduct.
The IPCC has asked seven forces, including West Yorkshire, to consider if any other officers should be investigated over the way they handled complaints against Jimmy Savile.
The other forces are Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester, the Metropolitan Police and Lancashire.
IPCC commissioner 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.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire, welcomed the IPCC’s involvement.
“It is vitally important that the people of West Yorkshire and elsewhere understand what happened and the role that the police played during the many years that Savile lived in West Yorkshire and committed such shocking crimes here and throughout the UK,” he said.
Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of the Jim’ll Fix It show on BBC One.