BBC probe into Savile 'won't find truth' says child abuse expert who gave evidence to inquiry

  • Mark Williams-Thomas claims the remit of the investigation is 'too narrow'
  • The former police officer says key flaw is the panel cannot compel people to appear before it to answer questions

By Mail On Sunday

PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 23 March 2014 | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 23 March 2014

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A child protection expert has warned that the BBC’s multi-million pound inquiry into the Jimmy Savile scandal is ‘too narrow’ to uncover the truth about the DJ.

Mark Williams-Thomas gave several hours of evidence to the Dame Janet Smith Review last week and is the first of its more than 140 witnesses to speak publicly about the experience.

He said Dame Janet ‘will never get to the bottom of what is really known’ about Savile because her inquiry’s remit does not extend far enough.

An expert has claimed the BBC's probe into Savile's crimes is 'too narrow' to uncover the whole truth

An expert has claimed the BBC's probe into Savile's crimes is 'too narrow' to uncover the whole truth

The former Surrey Police officer added: ‘I have enormous respect for Dame Janet Smith. However, it’s quite clear there is a lot of information out there her inquiry is not aware of.’

He said he believes the former Appeal Court judge, who cannot compel anyone to appear because of her inquiry’s non-statutory nature, may be ‘frustrated’ by this and urged for an ‘overarching’ inquiry.

He added: ‘There’s a significant amount of information that is slipping through the gap.’

The Smith Review, due to report this summer, was set up by the BBC to examine its culture and practices when Savile was there.

By Staff 03/22/2014 21:56:00