The North Yorkshire Police force has formally handed itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate their handling of abuse claims made against the late DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile.

Savile is thought to have abused hundreds of children and adults and the referral to the IPCC comes after the force carried out an internal inquiry about its investigations into the Savile case.

The IPCC inquiries will centre on its response to a report on alleged abuse by Savile it received more than 10 years ago. It will also look at allegations made recently about Savile’s friend, Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999.

The police watchdogs investigations will also look at whether information it held on record about Savile, or his known associates, was “comprehensively disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) when it, and other police forces, were asked to do so by HMIC in December 2012 and again by the IPCC in May last year”.

The BBC reported North Yorkshire Chief Constable, Dave Jones, saying “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.”

He added: “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.”

Savile died in October 2011, aged 84, before the sex abuse allegations came to light. Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted by allegations against Savile, has already received information from the force.

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