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  • 4 October 2012, 1:45

Savile Abuse Claims: New Guidance For Police

Police forces across the country have been advised to prepare for more alleged victims of Sir Jimmy Savile coming forward following claims he raped and abused young girls in the 1970s.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has issued guidance to all forces that they should be ready to take reports in case more allegations are made.

An Acpo spokeswoman declined to reveal the exact wording of the guidance, but confirmed forces are advised to publicise the NSPCC helpline number for "anyone who comes forward".

The spokeswoman told Sky News the guidance has been prepared by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) which works closely with Acpo.

Ceop's website states its aim is "tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces".

In response to the guidance, Cleveland Police posted a message on its website and on Twitter referring to "allegations of historic sexual abuse by the broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile" which have been "widely covered in the media".

The message states that anyone who may be affected by the issues "can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 for support or their local police force to make a report."

A number of women have come forward to say they were abused by Sir Jimmy Savile, who died last October aged 84.

It was revealed this week that he was interviewed under caution by police in 2007 after allegations of assault at a children's home in Surrey in the 1970s, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

And Jersey Police investigated an allegation of indecent assault concerning the TV personality at the Haut de la Garenne children's home in the 1970s.

The alleged assault was reported to police in 2008 as part of their historic abuse investigation on the island.

A spokesperson told Sky News: "During the course of the States of Jersey Police's historic abuse investigation a verbal allegation of indecent assault said to have occurred during the 1970s at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne was received.

"The allegation was investigated but there was insufficient evidence to proceed."

The claims are revealed in an ITV documentary on the Yorkshireman, who was hugely admired for the millions of pounds he raised for charity.

Fellow BBC presenter and ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen said there were rumours about the Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It star but "it was one child's word against the word of a television icon ... I think no single complainant dared speak out before".

Acpo said there was nothing unusual in issuing national guidance about possible victims of an alleged abuser.

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