JIMMY SAVILE boasted to detectives he had police contacts who helped him 'get rid' of sex abuse claims.
THE pervert made the claims while being quizzed under caution by Surrey Police on suspicion of sexual offences.
A separate report by Detective Superintendent Jon Savell looked into how the force handled three complaints.
It said: “He explained he has contacts within the police and whenever he receives letters alleging that he has done something wrong he gives them to contacts who ‘get rid’ of them.”
Savile created an inner circle of police who met weekly at his Leeds penthouse at what was dubbed the Friday Morning Club. Among members were a retired West Yorkshire Police inspector and an officer who is still serving.
Up to nine serving or former officers and other pals “chatted and joked”.
Seven alleged victims of Savile complained to police in Surrey, London, Sussex and Jersey while the disgraced BBC TV presenter was alive but the Crown Prosecution Service decided no further action should be taken.
The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday apologised for the failure to bring charges. Keir Starmer said there were errors by police in Surrey and also by the principal lawyer. He said he wanted the case to be “a watershed moment”.
He added: “In my view, these cases do not simply reflect errors of judgment by
individual officers or prosecutors on the facts before them.
“These were errors of judgment by experienced and committed police officers and a prosecuting lawyer acting in good faith and attempting to apply the correct principles.
“That makes the findings of the report more profound and calls for a more robust response.” Det Supt Savell’s report says: “Savile made various comments about knowing senior police officers from Leeds and seeing them socially.
“He stated that he gets letters from people trying to blackmail him and he gives these to the police.”
He then named an inspector and said officers came to his home to have tea.
The report says: “Savile also stated that officers read and destroyed the letters. If one of the letters concerned him then he could have it forensically examined as a ‘favour’ if he needed.”
When asked if these allegations were investigated, Savile said the letters were kept for a “short time” before being destroyed.
An unnamed inspector from West Yorkshire Police also contacted Surrey Police to confirm “that he was known personally to Savile and that Savile gets many of these complaints”.
One of the interviewing officers spoken to for the report said as far as he could remember he did not advise his superiors of Savile’s disclosures. It is not known why.
Savile was close to former prime ministers Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher and the Prince of Wales. It is not suggested that any of these people were aware of Savile’s crimes.
No officers from Surrey or West Yorkshire have been disciplined but Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary are compiling a report.
Savile was questioned under caution after Surrey Police received an allegation in 2007 that he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Approved School for Girls in the late 1970s.
Claims the pervert sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 outside Stoke Mandeville hospital around 1973 and suggested a Duncroft girl aged about 17 perform a sex act on him in the 1970s also surfaced.
Prosecutors decided in 2009 that no case could be brought because the alleged victims would not support action.
However, in a third report for the CPS, Alison Levitt QC found Surrey Police did not tell them other complaints had been made.
One victim said last night: “I want this to be investigated as I feel there must have been a cover-up.
“I find it extraordinary that he was telling police that another force was aware of more allegations against him and it wasn’t followed up. I can’t imagine nobody knew what he was doing.
“It’s one thing to strip him of his knighthood but it’s still not good enough when he could have been brought to justice when alive.”
Last night, a West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said there was no evidence of wrongdoing and the allegations were not being probed.