Another day, another expensive inquiry into the ubiquitous âSavile allegationsâ. Operation Newgreen, the âOh my God, someoneâs making allegations that West Yorkshire Police were complicit in concealing Savileâs âoffendingâ â weâd better hold an Inquiryâ knicker waving exercise that has been convulsing West Yorkshire Police.
The Police, nationally, are well aware that, if you broadcast a programme on national television, followed by nationwide newspaper coverage, that âxâ – now deceased â is a paedophile and that lawyers are lining up to formulate civil claims against their estate, you will awaken long buried memories in people of once meeting that individual, and that the knowledge that other people are making compensation claims means they will no longer be âaloneâ. If you add in the fact that anyone making such claims âwill be believedâ, then you can be assured that the phone lines will be busy. Thus it was that âwithin 24 hoursâ of an obscure made-for-TV âfictumentaryâ being aired â West Yorkshire police had agreed a budget, committed specially trained personnel, and were ready and waiting for the onslaught of âvictimsâ requiring support and advice.
The report doesnât actually investigate any of the âAllegator victimsâ raised from their torpor to snap at Savileâs heels â or rather his multi-million pound estate. Not investigating victimâs accounts is now ânational policyâ.
âThe majority of these crime reports have been finalised and recorded as having being committed by Savile, in line with national policy.â
Instructions were issued to make sure that there were no rogue investigations carried out by enterprising police forces and that Operation Newgreen remained true to the ânationally agreedâ policy of not actually investigating anything concerning victimsâ¦(page 21 Newgreen report) so we have no details of any âvictimsâ stories.
What it does do is painstakingly take apart some of the 150 people who were part of the â600 people who came forward to provide information to Operation Yewtreeâ â for you see, not all the people who came forward to Yewtree were alleged victims, some were merely repeating tittle tattle that they thought Yewtree should know about. And some of those people were West Yorkshire policemen. Some of the stories that they had to tell have appeared in national newspapers (policemen leaking information to national newspapers? Whodathought it?) They are now enshrined in the national psyche as Zombie factoids. Shot down by painstaking investigation and interviewing â not the fallible memory of traumatised âvictimsâ who canât be expected to remember whether it was 1978 or 1988 that they were raped in a crowded hotel foyer by a national celebrity â but truthful policemen, trained in the art of recounting solid facts. Not that shooting them down will do any good â the factoids are already up and running for the Augean stables of conspiracy sites muttering âwhitewashâ, âcover-upâ and âpathetic excusesââ¦
Still, for the benefit of those interested in the truth, here are a few spent carcasses of some of those Zombie factoids:
At 7.5 (all these references refer to the Newgreen report) In October 2012, media reported that Savile had been investigated by the police in relation to offences of indecency involving âyoung girlsâ (age not stipulated) â an employee of Savileâs nightclub was quoted as saying that âhe had paid them (the police) offâ.
Radio Leeds then conducted their own interview with this unnamed employee who had told them that he had been misquoted (surprise!) regarding âpaying off the policeâ. The West Yorkshire Police (WYP)have also traced this employee and he has reconfirmed that he was misquoted by the media â he had actually said Savile had paid off the alleged victimâs families.
However, WYP didnât leave it at that, they also trawled through the CPS records and court records to see if they could find any trace of such a prosecution ever being started, never mind withdrawn. Nothing. Zilch. Just the word of an ex-employee of the nightclub.
Still they didnât rest. They trawled through the Yewtree âvictimâsâ reports â surely this person would have come forward and told their story now â after all, they had allegedly been prepared to stand up in court 50 years ago? Nothing. Zilch. Just a misquoted newspaper report of an allegation.
At 7.9. The 1964 ledger compiled by the Metropolitan Paedophile unit that the HMIC report âMistakes were madeâ said should have been sent to West Yorkshire police.
This is the famous ledger that HMIC âlinked to Savile to Duncroft schoolâ as early as 1964. Only obliquely! It named Savile as a possible visitor to the house of a musician who was later found to be living off the immoral earnings of two prostitutes who had earlier attended Duncroft. There was no suggestion that Savile had even met the two girls! Still âjoin the dotsâ is a popular zombie gameâ¦
West Yorkshire police are puzzled as to why the HMIC report âshould have been sentâ to them â for there are no mentions in the ledger of any connections to West Yorkshire!
At 7.11 The anonymous letter received by MPS in 1998.
WYP went to the trouble of tracing the Met officer who received this letter. He apparently received more than one such letter, which he was of the opinion were written by the same anonymous author. He acknowledged that at the time there was a popular rumour circulating in his department that âSavile was a paedophileâ â a claim refuted by his senior officer. However, a series of âgreen inkâ anonymous letters alleging Savile was a paedophile would be more than sufficient to start such a rumour.
They also traced the WYP officer to whom the Met officer had imparted this information. He handed the information over to a Detective Inspector who headed the equivalent unit in WYP. All 24 police officers who worked in this unit at the time, many now retired, have been traced and interviewed. None of them have any recollection of receiving a copy of this anonymous letter, or what happened to it. At 7.19 the force acknowledge that even though the Met police had been unable to verify the information â they should have recorded it.
At 7.21 The HMIC report claimed that in 2003 the Met police âspoke withâ a woman who claimed to have been assaulted at a recording of Top of the Pops (is this the famous âhand on bumâ incident?) The HMIC said this information should have been passed on to West Yorkshire Police. Again WYP are mystified â the victim was not from Yorkshire, nor was the offence allegedly carried out in Yorkshire, nor was any prosecution mooted against anyone from Yorkshire.
At 7.22 The infamous 2007 Duncroft allegations. Surrey Police did make enquiries of WYP as to whether they had any intelligence on âSavile the paedophileâ. They did it via the anti-corruption unit because not unreasonably (and faced with the sort of âAllegator victimsâ that were capable of waving forged letters from Surrey police around) they didnât want to risk some enterprising policeman earning himself a few bob from a tabloid by reporting that a national celebrity was under investigation (as if!). The WYP replied that there was only one crime report concerning Savile â as the innocent victim of having his spectacles stolen!
There was only a telephone conversation at this stage, with the promised follow up of a report. Neither Surrey Police nor WYP have any record of this promised report having been sent.
Surrey Police did interview Savile under caution. They sent him a letter asking him to make contact â a letter which he promptly mislaid. He asked his friend Inspector Mick Starkey (tactfully described as DI(A) in the report â no one wants to be publicly identified as a fried of Savileâs these days!) to find out who he was supposed to be contacting in Surrey. Mick Starkey phoned the Surrey police control room, found out who Savile was supposed to be talking to and passed on a message giving that policeman Savileâs phone number â all done on the official recorded police telephone lines.
The intelligence thus gleaned from Surrey was correctly logged onto WYP system, in a confidential section â and importantly âtaggedâ so that its existence would show up in any subsequent search, but without making the salacious details apparent to any enterprising policeman with a hot line to the Daily Mirror (as if!). The full report could then be accessed by any genuine future enquiry.
At 7.33 Police Officers who had made reports to Operation Yewtree.
Not surprisingly, the words of an ex-police officer would have been taken extremely seriously by Operation Yewtree. They do not suffer from the âmemory distortionsâ of traumatised victims, and could be expected to be truthful, factual, objective and not salacious. Thus when one retired officer reported that he had met an âangry Savileâ jogging in Roundhay Park, shortly followed by an âupsetâ female stating that Savile was a âhorrible manâ who she wished would not come into the cafe that he believed she worked in â it was taken very seriously.
WYP have traced the owners of the cafe and all their former female employees. They all say that Savile came in regularly, they had become good friends with him, and that he never behaved or spoke inappropriately to them. He took them to London to see the filming of Top of the Pops and Jimâll Fix It and always behaved like a gentleman. The only record WYP could find of any police presence at the cafe, or anything involving a female, was one woman who complained of having been short changed in the cafe whilst Savile was drinking tea there.
WYP have also traced all 21 former colleagues of the officer who made this claim to Yewtree â none of them have any recollection of the incident, or of any claims being bandied around alleging a sexual offence.
Now in the HMIC report this incident was referred to as a âvictim attempting to report an offenceâ by Savile at a prior date to Yewtree. However, the officer concerned has now confirmed to WYP that no such allegation was made to them at the time nor subsequently!
At 7.36 Yet another retired officer â offering the âooh, that proves itâ information that Savile had volunteered the use of his flat to support the policing operation of the Robbie Williams concert in 2006. The offer wasnât taken up. An entertaining example of the âserious allegationsâ that were made to Operation Yewtreeâ¦
At 7.37 And another retired officer reported to Yewtree that there were ârumoursâ that Savile was a âpervertâ. When interviewed by WYP he was unable to provide any more information as to the basis of these ârumoursâ.
At 7.38 Yet another âretired police officerâ ringing Yewtree to report that Savile took âyoung girlsâ (age unspecified) to his barge in Leeds for parties. Again, challenged by an interview from WYP he was unable to substantiate this. Edited on August 31st 2013 by Anna to add the priceless information that Savile couldnât have taken anyone to this barge in the 1970s as alleged â the barge sunk in 1959 and remained resolutely underwater until cleared away by the volunteers cleaning the canal in 1970s. So much for information received from âimpeccable sourcesââ¦.
At 7.39 A person later described as having a âvivid imaginationâ reported to Yewtree that two of his/her ex-partners had knowledge of Savileâs sexual abuse. Both ex-partners were traced and interviewed and independently denied having any knowledge of the incidents or even having met Savileâ¦(!!!)
At 7.44 The famous âabsconderâ who spent the night in Savileâs flat. Sometimes this particular Zombie Factoid is even enlarged to be a Duncroft absconderâ¦of all the people who have made allegations regarding Savileâs offending, none has a greater claim to legitimacy than this young lady â for Savile had even recorded details of the incident in his personal diaries, and his autobiography now in the possession of WYP. A cut and dried claim for compensation from Savileâs estate one might think. No need to clutch the yellowing picture of you standing in front of Savileâs car as evidence that he abused you â you have it in the manâs own words that you spent the night in his apartment! Anything could have happened to you.
But thereâs a thing â amongst the throng of eager âAllegator victimsâ â not one claims to have been this young lady! Nor can WYP have any records that support the incident ever having occurred. They can find details of a female officer attending both Savileâs flat and his club whilst searching for a female reported missing by her parents â not an unexpected event for Savileâs club was âthe place to be seenâ in the words of the officer and a natural magnet for young people â but he doesnât remember ever seeing anyone other than teenagers aged 16/17 at the club and sweet bugger all at Savile apartment. He did add that he thought Savile was a âweirdoâ because he used to dye his hair garish coloursâ¦
At 7.50 Another retired officer reported that âhe rememberedâ that another unit had conducted an investigation into allegations of indecent assault by Savile. He named the unit responsible. The WYP traced all those members of the team still alive â and none of them remembered carrying out any such investigation. Nor is there any record of any such investigation.
How many Zombie Factoids is that now? Iâve lost count. All shot down, but all no doubt staggering into the middle distance muttering âcover-upâ. They will be regurgitated by the main stream media. They are not about to let the facts get in the way of a good story.
For those of us more interested in actual truth, we are still where we started; numerous allegations â and the only ones which have seen the light of day â Jimmy Savileâs niece, now the subject of 11 signed statements to Police calling her a liar, the Duncroft girls with their forged letter and supporting cast of utter liars such as Bebe Roberts, even Police Officers reporting to Yewtree have been shown to be nonsense â all that remains are the unpublicised allegations and in those we âmust believeâ for the BBC is about to give each one of the âAllegator victimsâ Â£33,000 a piece of licence fee payerâs monies rather than risk traumatising them by actually subjecting their claims to the harsh light of dayâ¦.
âGiving Victims a Voiceâ is starting to resemble the Holy Bible â something that doesnât bear any examination of the facts, but which sees you denounced as an infidel if you donât swallow hook, line, and sinker.
The graphic attached to this post entertained me â it seems even a Goat victim must not be identified and thus pixellated â âwill no one think of the Kids?â
Has the country gone stark staring mad?