Drink-drive charge policeman wrote Jimmy Savile report

  • 2 May 2014
  • From the section England

A senior policeman charged with a drink-driving offence was the author of a report into the West Yorkshire force's relationship with Jimmy Savile, it has emerged.

Det Ch Supt David Knopwood, 48, was suspended from duty by West Yorkshire Police after being arrested on Monday.

He had led the force's protective services department since November.

His Operation Newgreen report found "no evidence" Savile was protected from arrest due to his ties with the force.

Det Ch Supt Andy Brennan, West Yorkshire Police's head of professional standards, confirmed a 48-year-old Wakefield-based officer was arrested in Knaresborough by North Yorkshire Police on Monday night.

Mr Knopwood is due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court on 20 May charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Acting Ch Dept Supt Mark Ridley is leading West Yorkshire Police's protective services unit on an interim basis.

The department was formed when the force's crime division was merged with the homicide and major enquiry team.

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