CHESHIRE police were given vital evidence against paedophile Jimmy Savile 50 years ago – but told his victim to ‘forget about it’.
The claim is made in a newly-released damning report, which revealed a male victim had told the force in 1963 that Savile had raped him.
Cheshire Constabulary says it has no record of the allegation.
The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate Of Constabulary was commissioned by the home secretary to find out how much police knew about Savile before he was exposed as a sex offender last year.
The report found other police forces also ignored victims complaints about the TV star due to his fame.
Four complained to Met Police, while one each went to Merseyside Police, West Yorkshire Police and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
The report said: “We have concerns about the extent to which victims may have tried to report allegations prior to Operation Yewtree and, for whatever reason, were not treated as they should have been. We wonder whether those responsible for investigating potential offences had a different approach to dealing with allegations against those in the public eye.”
Detective Superintendent John Armstrong, of Cheshire police, said: “Cheshire Constabulary has been informed of an allegation of sexual assault by Jimmy Savile upon a male in 1963. The victim has stated the assault was reported the day after it occurred.
“Cheshire Constabulary can find no record of the allegation. The allegation pre-dates computer-held archives.
“It is rare for police-held documentary material to be retained beyond seven or 10 years. Without the relevant documentation it is impossible to establish whether an allegation was lodged by an officer in 1963, or to determine what subsequent action may have been taken.
“Today, victims of serious sexual offences are dealt with by specially trained detectives in our Dedicated Rape Unit. The force has also achieved some notable success in obtaining convictions in historical sexual abuse cases.”