Jimmy Savile was born in the Leeds suburb of Burley and maintained a home in the city all of his adult life. He first achieved local hard-man notoriety as DJ/Manager of the Mecca Locarno dance halls in Leeds and Wakefield, which became a springboard for national fame. First as presenter on the iconic Top of the Pops show and, later, the equally famous Jim’ll Fix It BBC programme.
He is now, of course, the country’s most notorious paedophile and rapist. It is difficult to keep track of the exact number of assaults that have taken place, but it is expected to top 500 in the foreseeable future. 34 victims, some of them with multiple allegations, are (or were) West Yorkshire based. Yet, not one of these serious crimes was ever recorded or investigated by the police.
Savile, incredibly, operated under the noses of his local Force for over 50 years. Staggering, and very hurtful, to the victims and their families, but true. He was first interviewed as a suspect in 1959 but miraculously evaded detection for all that time since. Indeed, his Friday Morning Club, hosted at his Roundhay penthouse (pictured top right), included nine serving/retired police officers. His ‘insurance’ as he liked to call it.
Only two police officers have so far been identified as a regular at those meetings, retired Inspector Mick Starkey (pictured with Savile top left) and Wetherby NPT Sergeant Matt Appleyard (left in centre picture). It was Appleyard who introduced his then Sergeant, Starkey, to Savile and it was Appleyard who was also introducing other officers “into the circle”. His association with Savile commenced in the early 1990’s and according to Savile biographer, Alison Bellamy in a Yorkshire Evening Post article dated 11th November 2011 Appleyard was still a close friend at Savile’s death (Click here to read full story). Bellamy also claimed that “the gang” named (which included Appleyard) were also often invited to posh dinners with Savile and later published an article that all “the gang” should have counselling as a result of their association with Savile being exposed nationally.
It is imperative that the rest of them are identified. The public have to be made aware who knew what, about Savile, within West Yorkshire Police. Savile claimed that Inspector Starkey was ‘his personal bodyguard’ so he has much to tell. He is one of two suspects that we have identified for the role of ‘Inspector 5’ referred to in the Operation Yewtree report.
Starkey was working in the Force Incident Room at the notorious Killingbeck police station the material time (June 2009) but, we believe, as what is known as a 30+ civilian, having retired from police service as an Inspector a short time before. The other suspect is a serving DCI based in Leeds.
Two other Wetherby NPT members, past and present are due to be named in our Rogue Officers section. PI Marcus Griffiths (Appleyard’s boss during his time at Wetherby) and PC Stephen Lane. Wetherby is known in West Yorkshire Police circles as the punishment posting for the hopeless and the hapless. This information came to uPSD from a reliable former serving police officer at that station who was sent there after complaining about his supervisor assaulting a member of public in another part of Leeds.
A significant connection has also emerged with the Danny Major miscarriage of justice. We now have confirmed knowledge that PS Appleyard worked at Leeds Bridewell between 2006 and 2008 where colleague, ex PC Major, during the period when was first artfully ‘fitted-up’ by officers at the Bridewell and then wrongly sent to prison after three highly publicised trials at Bradford Crown Court (first collapsed as abuse of process, second a hung jury and third saw him convicted as officer after officer lied in the witness box.. It is inconceivable that anyone working at the Bridewell could claim they didn’t know of the fit-up and its consequences. .
There are also very disturbing allegations surfacing that some West Yorkshire Police officers were taking bribes from Savile to keep quiet about assaults on young girls. (Read more here) For clarity, there is nothing to connect any of the officers named on this page with those allegations.
We must also put in the mix eleven paedophiles inside West Yorkshire Police (read here) that may be only the tip of the iceberg uPSD are committed to exposing child abusers in that Force and we will post updates below.
Though Savile’s closeness to Leeds and Wetherby police will raise many eyebrows, the hapless Independent Police Complaints Commission has no plans to investigate. “We have not, at present, received any complaints from individuals adversely affected, or referrals of conduct issues from police forces in connection with Jimmy Savile,” said an IPCC press office spokesman.
Not at all unsurprisingly, a West Yorkshire Police press spokesman said: “We have reviewed all contact relating to Jimmy Savile, and there is no evidence to suggest any wrong-doing.”
Well let us help you there Mr West Yorkshire Police Press Office spokesman. Allow us to send in a couple of our uPSD detectives and see whether that still holds true. You must think we were all born yetserday.
Giving Victims a Voice
On Friday 11th January the extent and detail of the sex offending of Savile was laid bare in a report ‘Giving Victims a Voice’
The failings and/or cover up of West Yorkshire Police is brutally exposed with 34 cases of serious sexual assault now recorded in their policing area. The majority of these are at hospitals and other health institutions which included an assault on a dying 14 year old at Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
Other key points from the Report are: The earliest recorded Savile offence was in 1955 with the most recent in 2009. His offending was most frequent during the period 1966-1976 when he was between 40 and 50 years old. Reports of offences at the Leeds hospitals spanned more than 30 years, from 1965-1995.
Savile’s youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy. The oldest was 47. Most were aged 13-16. 73% of his victims were under 18 and 82% were female. Offences were mainly opportunistic sexual assaults, but there are others where an element of grooming or planning was said to have occurred. Victims recorded crimes including 126 indecent acts and 34 rape or penetration offences.
It is a tale of unimagineable horror yet there are significant numbers of past and present West Yorkshire Police knew of many allegations against him and chose to look the other way. Or worst still, covered up for him. 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”.
It is imperative these officers are identified so that the public of West Yorkshire, and beyond, can retain confidence in the police and that victims of sex crimes or child abuse no longer made to feel like criminals themselves.