Police launch wide-ranging criminal probe into Jimmy Savile abuse allegations
Police have launched a criminal inquiry into abuse allegations against late entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile amid reports he molested more than 200 children over a period of 40 years.
The TV and radio presenter, who passed away last year, is suspected of a long-running catalogue of child sex abuse dating back to the 1960s, and is alleged to have targeted youngsters at the BBC, in children's homes, and in hospitals where he carried out charity work.
The scandal has destroyed Savile's legacy as a national treasure and it continued to dominate headlines when several other well-known veteran stars were dragged into the furore.
Now police have confirmed a wide-ranging criminal inquiry is underway.
A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police, which will lead the probe, says the allegations amount to child abuse "on an unprecedented scale", adding, "The inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jimmy Savile and others has moved from an assessment to a formal criminal investigation. After two weeks of gathering information from both the public and a number of organisations, in excess of 400 lines of inquiry have been assessed and over 200 potential victims have been identified."