Two Savile detectives are referred to IPCC over claims

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Horndean paedophile sexually abused children as young as five

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TWO Sussex detectives accused of dissuading one of Jimmy Savile’s alleged sex crime victims from supporting a prosecution in 2008 have been referred to the police watchdog.

Earlier this year, a report by the Crown Prosecution Service found that one victim, allegedly assaulted in the 1970s, was put off court action by comments made by two unnamed officers that Savile’s lawyers would make ‘mincemeat’ of her.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it has directed Sussex Police to refer the conduct of the pair over their handling of the case.