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Police Reveal Scale Of Savile's Alleged Abuse
Jimmy Savile has been described as one of the most "prolific" sex attackers ever, with police taking evidence from 300 alleged victims.
Commander Peter Spindler said officers are following more than 400 lines of inquiry linked to the victims, of whom all except two are women.
It comes after the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, said the scandal had damaged the corporation's reputation.
He said that the weight of evidence against the late DJ was overwhelming and added: "We have to believe what they are saying because they are all saying the same thing independently."
The officer said Savile was "undoubtedly" one of the most prolific sex offenders of recent history.
The team working on the investigation into the allegations has now been trebled to include 30 officers.
Investigators have so far spoken to 130 people who have come forward, and 114 allegations of sexual assault have emerged - the vast majority against Savile.
Officers are using a "triage" approach, first making contact with victims by phone to get initial details of their allegations, Cmdr Spindler said.
He told a news conference that most of the allegations are linked to Savile, but some involve others who may have acted with him.
The inquiry will be a "watershed" moment in the investigation of child abuse, he added.
Lord Patten said the allegations of abuse while on BBC premises were "awful".
He told Sky News: "My overall concern is about all those women and some men who've been abused over the years, think that they haven't been listened to not least apparently recently by the BBC.
"They've gone through terrible torments and then nobody has taken what they say seriously.
"It's a terrible way for people to have had to spend their lives. That for me gives this crisis a particular horror."
Sky Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said that police have not found any evidence that a paedophile ring was in operation at any institution associated with Savile.
Cmdr Spindler also revealed that a retired police officer had been in touch to say he had investigated Savile in the 1980s while based in west London but he had not had the evidence to proceed.
It is believed the allegation was of an indecent assault on BBC premises but officers have still not found the original file.
According to Cmdr Spindler, Savile had been protected during his reign of abuse because "children or young people" had not felt "empowered to speak out".
Meanwhile, a solicitor acting on behalf of victims of Savile has launched claims against the late celebrity's estate on behalf of clients.
Alan Collins, a partner and specialist in abuse work at law firm Pannone, said: "Much has been written and said about possible actions against the BBC and it is true that claims may be brought against them and other organisations Savile was involved with.
"However, if he was acting as an individual, it is possible to take action against Sir Jimmy Savile's estate because he was a wealthy man and there will be assets to claim against.
"It is imperative that action is taken promptly in order to advance clients' claims which arise from their allegations of sexual abuse."
what do you think?
Was wondering how long it'd be before a solicitor popped up mentioning compensation. Im sure that kind hearted firm only take a small percentage for "admin fees".
Paying off the victims compensation will surely put us back into recession
What do you suggest then?
Russell, that's pure nonsense.
Haven't heard much from the people that thought he was innocent for a while........
I also noticed that as well...
Sick of it all thats why.
Still here i didn't say he was innocent just think a lot of these people are jumping on the bandwagon.i will say again some of those girls knew exactly what they were doing
After a police investigation some people are still not convinced? What else should be done, dig him up and bring him back to life?
Have you changed your mind about him now, Andrea....not a dig, just a question
Diane...they were still exploited, the " adult" should have said no, buck stops with the adult in any underage abuse
Yes agree he must of been up to no good, but to this scale?
Maybe that's because they just wanted more facts before they pulled the trigger so to speak...presumption is the mother and all that......its better to wait a while than jump intothings with both feet and end up in a big turrd.....some people were just lucky on this one but next time maybe the shoe will be on the other foot, how would they feel then?eh!
Julie,sorry no there will be loads of men that if a young girl threw herself at them would not say no and ask how old are you
There are people who are after a quick buck and they should be dealt with accordingly. But even if 50% of cases where true (personally i think it is much more) it would make abuse at a massive scale. He truly felt he was untouchable and you can see how he intimidated young people.
Andrea.maybe I ' m thick but if a girl is willing is that technically abuse
Andrea, I think it was to a large scale, but I also think a lot more are involved as well
Diane here's one for you...I was assaulted when I was 14 by a dirty old got in my sleep...now if that happened to be a sexy older woman I would have loved it and gone for it and to this day I would have been grateful...am I weird.lol
Well, you are entitled to your opinion, and I can even see what your reasens are, but in my opinion, I still stand by the adult would always be guilty.....arnt we being civilised tone another! Lol!
Simon no. As I have said before I was no angel I used to go with soldiers from our local barracks I knew exactly what I was doing and that was. 40 odd years ago
Dont know really diane, it gets so complicated. simon you wicked thing ha ha
How old was you back then, Diane? No, I'm not judging you, if you we're very young, I'm getting what you mean about you knew what you were doing, but those soldiers were in the wrong! If you we're underage. JS seemed to target the vulnerable ones, maybe some knew what was what, but STILL it doesn't make it right, think we have reached stalemate on this, for what it's worth, I respect your honesty and being frank about how it was for you..
Julie yes I was underage I would never have said they forced me,we shall agree to disagree, anyway i'm happy my team win tonight
Haha! Team! What team? Thought you were a stand alone type of gal! Lol! Only teasing!;-)
Julie the most successful English club in Europei can often be seen at the meadow watching my home team
Let's have it right. There are certainly cases of 'young girls willingly entering' into a sexual relationship with an older man. But it is the responsibility of the adult man to say no, clear and simple. If they are not able to 'restrain' themselves, THEY are the ones who are at fault, not the young girls. Diane, whether you see it or not, unaware as you seem to be, you were sexually abused by these soldiers.
Diane, I'm not saying you are thick at all, just unaware. So if when your daughter was thirteen or fourteen, or your granddaughter was that age, would you be okay about them having sex with, say, a man aged 25 -35 years old? That would be okay with you, would it?
Glad to hear the compensatin claims have been launched against his estate.
Is there still an estate to claim against ?
He left most of his money to two charities but this has apparently been put on hold as a woman claiming to be his love child has contested it.also he has property in scotland.
I am sick of this already. With all of these allegations I cannot believe that the matter has not been sorted before. Peter. Holmfirth.
Maybe because its been " covered up" for so long?
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It's all for the money after all then not justice
I really don't think it is just about money, Shirley, maybe for those looking to make a fast buck...
Lets just for one moment leave money out of this, difficult for some people, I know, what a truly evil, nasty man JS was? There is a whole lot more to come I think, that's why it needs investigating, this I believe, is the tip of the iceberg...
Yes he certainly seems to have a bullish personality.
How do you know he was a evil nasty man
Well, how would you describe him, Diane?
I think it is time the 'Sir' was taken away, there is no way he should still be referred to as that!
I think your find nobody is referring to him as sir js now.but it should be officially withdrawn
The solicitor has referred to him as 'sir' in the next to last paragaph of this story Shaun, there is no way he should have that title
When some body dies the title of 'Sir' also dies so there is no title tobe taken away. It would require a change in law to retrospectively remove a title from a dead person
If you take away the compensation side of this do you think there would have been this amount of people coming forward now? Just a thought before anyone bites my head off
Your brave still taking the weight off my shoulders
And just what on earth is wrong with people wanting compensation?.....if I'd been touched up by the old perve, I would want my piece of his millions too. And so would all of you. So don't be hipocrytes
Krafty81 - I am sure you are not the only one thinking this; I certainly are. But I guess if only 5% of these people are telling the truth that could still represent 15 people too many. I would far prefer the money that is going to be spent on all these enquiries to be invested in the poor helpless souls who are being sexually abused today, especially to help the desparetely sad cases of little children
come on i know he was a pedophile but at this rate evrybody who was on jim,l fix it .was assaulted.it think some smell money,, but it just shows how far people with superstar statues can go ..and some 1 knew about this ,,all the backroom staff that were at his beg and call. senario child goes into a room with him happy and laughing comes out sull and quiet,,,nobody thinks what just happened,,
WHAT THE CHANCES OF SUM CELEBS TOPPING THEM SELFS BEFORE SHAMSVILLE HITS THEM,,
....now there's a thought! Hmm! :-/
I see yet another report and yet another leering image and I am repulsed all over again.
if i see any more pictures of this creepy old git i will quit this site yes run the story but do we really need to keep looking at this ugly dead freak
RIP SJ as the great unwashed trample on your grave. 400 now and rising. Soon you will be responsible for the end of the world, and all of this whilst you're dead. Where were they when you were alive? Apparently your estate is worth an absolute fortune. Maybe you will have the chance to defend yourself somehow, some day.
The thing to learn from this would be to bring them to task at the first incident, institutions should not bury their heads and ignore it, they should help and support the victims to come forward so that no-one else can has to go through this. It would also encourage/help others to come forward in the first instance. Also why are/were underage/young girls let in unchaperoned? If they were chaperoned this would also prevent things like this happening and aslo stop any possible false claims.
I have never thought that Savile was innocent for a moment. It is obvious that he was a vile serial sexual predator. However he died a wealthy man. . .had he died penniless I wonder how many claims of abuse there would be then?? Plus there could be separate claims against the BBC too. . . And lots of lovely lolly for the lawyers. .
Police say there is no evidence to suggest there was an organised paedophile ring amongst celebrities during the 1970's. . . Does anyone else believe that? I dont. He must have had help. . I believe that as much as I believe the police were innocent at Hillsborough. . . Saville once said that if he ever went down he'd take 'half the police station with him'. . . I believe his vile network included other celebrities, police and politicians who will do anything to hide their identities
why did all these people that have been abused wait until he was dead before coming forward totally baffles me