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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Police face quiz over Savile 'club'

Published 28/02/2013|19:26

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West Yorkshire Police will question serving officers who took part in Jimmy Savile's 'breakfast club' meetings at his Leeds penthouse

Serving police officers who took part in disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile's "breakfast club" meetings at his home are to be quizzed by West Yorkshire Police, the force has confirmed.

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It said it has "identified some individuals who were in the so-called Friday Morning Breakfast Club" - a weekly gathering of the late Top of the Pops host's friends at his Leeds penthouse.

In October, West Yorkshire Police said it had no information about officers attending the gathering but that they were free to do what they wished when off duty.

However, on Thursday a force spokesman said police did attend, and while there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the officers - some of whom are still serving - they are being questioned to find out more about the meetings.

The spokesman added: "Local officers working in the community were invited by Savile to his home for a coffee.

"At that time the force was encouraging community officers to interact more with residents in their area.

"The officers usually visited on a Friday. It was usual for other friends of Savile to be present drinking coffee and chatting.

"They have explained their attendance and we reiterate that there has been no evidence forthcoming of any wrongdoing by any West Yorkshire Police employee, past or current.

"However we are now carrying out further inquiries to obtain a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the contact between West Yorkshire Police officers and Savile at the so-called Friday Morning Breakfast Club."

The meetings are believed to have taken place for around 20 years and were hosted at Savile's luxury penthouse, which recently sold for £75,000 below the £325,000 asking price and will be extensively redeveloped, according to its new owners.

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