Ex-PC Paul Leonard says the twisted DJ, who was parked in a lay-by, said: “I’m waiting for midnight when she turns 16… so p**s off if you want to keep your job.”
Mr Leonard, 68, claimed yesterday: “There wasn’t a copper in Leeds who didn’t know Savile was a pervert.”
Speaking exclusively to the Mirror, Mr Leonard claimed it was common knowledge in the old Leeds City force that Savile “liked them young” – but his influence meant officers were too scared to confront him.
It was in 1965 when police could have trapped Britain’s most prolific sexual predator – before he went on to sexually abuse hundreds of women and girls.
Mr Leonard, 68, whose name we have changed at his request, was then a young constable as he patrolled the area near Roundhay Golf Club in Leeds.
MirrorpixHe said: “We used to use the old fashioned Noddy bikes, like on the TV show Heartbeat, and I was on patrol near where Savile used to live when I came across his Rolls-Royce parked in a lay-by in a very secluded spot.
“At first I remember thinking ‘has his car been stolen?’
“I approached the vehicle and could see the lights were on. He was in the driver’s seat and next to him was a very young female.
“He was a famous local figure at the time but it was before his Radio 1 days with the BBC.
“When the window wound down I was quite impressed it was him.
“He had this tartan coloured hair. He was blond but had died it red and green in patches.
“I said, ‘What are you doing, Jimmy? What’s the matter?’
"He replied, ‘I’m waiting for midnight. It’s her 16th birthday tomorrow’.
“I didn’t know what he was talking about at first, then he gave me this wink, and I realised what he was talking about.
"I checked my watch and saw it was 11.45pm. There was just 15 minutes to go and he seemed quite anxious.
“I looked over to her and asked her if she was OK, and she just smiled at me but didn’t say anything.
"She was definitely young. She looked around 15, and dressed herself like the model Twiggy. She was skinny and wearing fashionable clothes.
“Savile looked at me and told me to ‘piss off’. Then he said, ‘If you want to keep your job I suggest you get on your bike and f-off’.
"He wasn’t angry. It was more like bragging. I was only young and worried about keeping my job so I left them.”
MirrorpixHe admits: “Looking back I feel bad about it, but he had so much influence. I would definitely have lost my job.”
Later, at the end of his shift, he recounted the incident to his sergeant who cut him off, saying: “Shut up, son, he’s got friends in high places. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll leave it there.”
Mr Leonard added: “There wasn’t a copper in Leeds who didn’t know Savile was a pervert.
“But he was so well-connected. He was like a superstar.
“Even mentioning his name on the door of a nightclub would get you inside for free. The police were in the palm of his hand.”
The former cop, who originally contacted the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday, stayed on for three years in what later became West Yorkshire Police.
Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is suspected of raping 34 women and girls, and sexually assaulting 450 more, including children as young as eight. It is claimed he used his celebrity status to hide his dark secrets.
Yesterday it was revealed a former West Yorkshire inspector is being investigated over claims he intervened on behalf of Savile.
Pressure is now mounting on senior officers after a shocking transcript of the police interview was released.
Arrogant Savile repeatedly reminded Surrey Police detectives of his charity work as he fobbed them off with lies, bluster and legal threats.
And he boasted that he brushed off young girls “like midges”.
West Yorkshire police declined to comment last night.
Britain’s top prosecutor today publishes new guidelines on tackling child sex abuse after the Savile scandal highlighted huge failings in the system.
CPS chief Keir Starmer said the vulnerability of victims should not longer be a barrier to justice – and investigations should be far more rigorous.
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