COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Police criticised over Jimmy Savile investigation

A report released today (May 12) by the Independent Police Complaints Commission details an investigation into the way four Worthing CID officers handled a 2008 allegation made by a woman, named in the report as ‘Mrs A’.

Tuesday, 12th May 2015, 12:25 pm
County news

A detective sergeant and detective constable visited Mrs A and her partner Mr B in 2008 after Mrs A contacted police.

“Mrs A and Mr B both described the negative impact the interaction with Officer A and Officer B had on Mrs A and her subsequent decision not to support a police investigation,” said the IPCC report, “however, both officers have little memory of their interaction with them.”

The report says the officers ‘have no specific memory and refused to answer any questions during their interview with the IPCC, which perhaps would have assisted in providing some clarity on the matter’.

“Mrs A and Mr B both described how they were ‘frightened off’ by their interaction with the officers, particularly with regards to their comments about having to attend the High Court in London where the best lawyers in the country hired by Savile would make ‘mincemeat’ out of her,” said the report.

The alleged attack took place in the 1970s after Mrs B met Savile at a Chelsea Pensioners’ event at Worthing Town Hall. She said it took place in his caravan at the location.

The IPCC has made a number of recommendations in light of its findings about how Sussex Police should handle sexual assault allegations.

More to follow