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Savile Scandal: Investigation Into Ex-Cop
The police watchdog is investigating claims a former inspector acted on behalf of Jimmy Savile before he was interviewed by officers over alleged sex crimes.
A then West Yorkshire Police officer, known as Inspector 5, allegedly inappropriately contacted Surrey Police, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
It comes a day after transcripts of a 40-minute interview detailing Savile's suspected sexual abuse were made public for the first time by Surrey Police.
It was conducted by officers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on October 1, 2009, about three separate claims involving three girls.
The disgraced broadcaster was questioned about accusations he forced one girl to touch his groin until he was "aroused", made another perform oral sex and stuck his tongue down a young girl's throat.
During the interview Savile told officers he had been targeted with false claims by blackmailers and routinely passed the letters to senior police officers.
He disclosed the nickname of one of the officers - whose name is redacted in the published transcript - and described the other as "an inspector".
"Well in 50 years in showbiz, we showbiz people get accused of just about everything," he said.
"One of the reasons is people are looking for money, and they will try blackmail, and they will write letters, saying if you don't send us money, I will say you've done this and you've done that."
He continued: "Now that's why I have up in Yorkshire, where I live in Leeds, a collection of senior police persons, who come to see me socially, but I give them all my weirdo letters, and they take them back to the station, 'oh have you seen what Jimmy's got today'."
Asked where he met them socially, Savile replied: "My place, yes, yeah the come round and drink tea and that."
He said he did not expect them to do anything about the letters, adding: "They don't keep them very long.
"They pass them round the office, and everybody has a laugh ... you go 'oh this is the latest blah look at this ha-ha, ha-ha'."
The former star remained defiant during the interview, boasting he had to fight off girls "like midges".
Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, told officers he was "assaulted" by women when he worked for BBC Radio 1 and Top of the Pops, and insisted he did not abuse youngsters at Duncroft children's home in Staines in Berkshire in the 1970s.
During the interview, released under the Freedom of information Act, Savile also rejected suggestions he was attracted to girls under 16.
"No, they have nothing to offer, in so far as, they didn't even have much of a conversation," he said.
:: Read the interview transcript here