Officers at North Yorkshire Police force could face a potential misconduct investigation over their dealings with disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile, a watchdog has announced.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has asked the force to “review all relevant material and information” to see whether officers’ conduct should be looked at more closely.
West Yorkshire Police has already made a referral to the IPCC over the actions of the former inspector said to have “acted on behalf” of Savile by contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009.
The IPCC has written to seven police forces asking them to review whether there were “conduct matters that should be referred” in relation to the Leeds-born presenter.
And it has now written to police in North Yorkshire, where Savile is said to have abused at least eight victims, “as a result of allegations in media reports” about what was known about his offending.
A spokesman said: “In the light of information received, the IPCC is writing to North Yorkshire Police to ask them to review all relevant material and information to establish whether there are conduct matters that should be referred to us.”
Of the seven forces contacted by the IPCC, including Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley and the Metropolitan Police, only West Yorkshire has currently made a referral.
The spokesman said: “All the information received is being assessed by the IPCC and we will make decisions as soon as we are able as to whether or not there are matters in relation to the conduct of individual officers that require an IPCC investigation.”
Earlier this year councillors in Scarborough, where Savile had a home for many years and is now buried, voted to remove his freedom of the borough and confirmed he would not be considered for future memorials.
West Yorkshire Police last week published a report which said there was “no evidence” Savile was protected from arrest or prosecution by his relationship with the force. Details emerged this week of the 29 victims said to have been abused by Savile at hospitals in the county.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the force was “assisting the IPCC” with the request to review its information.