Police deny protecting BBC star Savile

May 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

DEWSBURY, England, May 10 (UPI) -- British police found there was no evidence BBC star Jimmy Savile was protected from arrest in any of the sex abuse cases that surfaced after his death.

But the West Yorkshire Police investigation did reveal that mistakes were made and that there were close personal friendships between Savile and some officers.

The inquiry uncovered a social gathering between Savile and police who met at his apartment, known as the Friday Morning Club.

It also found even after complaints were made against Savile in other parts of Britain, authorities kept using the star in crime prevention campaigns.

"Savile was able to run rings around the police for decades," Alan Collins, a lawyer representing 40 of Savile's victims, told The New York Times. "He used police officers. He was ingrained with them."

But the report denies any wrongdoing.

"They didn't know. The people engaged with Jimmy Savile, that actually there were these allegations against him," Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee told the BBC. "There clearly was information available that we should have tied together and we did fail victims."

In the report, police said there were 76 sexual abuse crimes involving 68 victims in the area relating to Savile, but none of the incidents was reported before his death in 2011.

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