A division of the UK police force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over its handling of child sex abuse allegations made against the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
North Yorkshire Police says the formal referral, made on Thursday, follows an internal inquiry conducted by the force.
The referral relates to how the force responded to an allegation it received more than a decade ago about Savile, who died in October 2011, and about several allegations made recently about Savile’s friend, Scarborough resident Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999.
The referral also relates to whether any information it held on record about Savile or his known associates was properly and comprehensively disclosed when it, and other police forces in England and Wales, were asked to do so.
“There has been, quite rightly, significant public interest in how the police service nationally responded to reports relating to alleged offending by both Savile and his known associates,” said the Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones.
“In order to determine whether North Yorkshire Police responded appropriately to information we may have received, I instructed that an immediate review all of our systems be completed to ascertain if there was any recorded information in relation to Savile, Jaconelli and their known associates and friends, in respect of any reported offending.
“As a result of this review, I have referred the matter to the IPCC for their consideration.
“It is imperative that the public, especially victims, have confidence in the police, and that we are trusted to record and investigate all allegations of crime that we receive.”