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Jimmy Savile Inquiry Now Criminal Investigaton
The inquiry into alleged child abuse by Jimmy Savile is now a formal criminal investigation involving people still living, Scotland Yard says.
Detectives have established there are lines of inquiry involving "living people that require formal investigation".
Scotland Yard said in the past two weeks officers have checked more than 400 lines of inquiry and have identified more than 200 potential victims.
A spokesman said: "As we have said from the outset, our work was never going to take us into a police investigation into Jimmy Savile.
"What we have established in the last two weeks is that there are lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation."
Operation Yewtree was originally an "assessment" into claims against Savile, launched after a flood of allegations in the wake of an ITV documentary screened earlier this month.
Today the NSPCC said it is possible the former Top of the Pops presenter was "one of the most prolific sex offenders" the charity has ever come across.
Claims have also emerged about fellow entertainers Freddie Starr, who has staunchly refuted the allegations, as well as Gary Glitter - real name Paul Gadd.
As well as police investigations, inquiries are taking place into his involvement with Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Broadmoor and Leeds General Infirmary.
Dame Janet Smith, who headed the Shipman Inquiry, has been appointed to head an inquiry into Savile's time at the BBC, and Scotland Yard said they recognised "her need to progress this important work".
"We are now in a position to advise the BBC that they can ask the chair of the BBC Executive Board Dame Fiona Reynolds to begin her review to run parallel to our investigation.
"We will develop a protocol to ensure any future potential criminal action is not jeopardised."
It has also emerged that the BBC is aiming to rush a special edition of Panorama into its schedules looking into issues surrounding Jimmy Savile's years of abuse, which could be run on Monday.
Commander Peter Spindler, from Scotland Yard, said: "We are dealing with alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale. The profile of this operation has empowered a staggering number of victims to come forward to report the sexual exploitation which occurred during their childhood.
Police previously said Savile's alleged catalogue of sex abuse could have spanned six decades.
Peter Watt, head of the NSPCC's helpline, said: "It's now looking possible that Jimmy Savile was one the most prolific sex offenders the NSPCC has ever come across.
"We have received over 136 calls directly relating to allegations against him which we've passed to the police.
"We are also finding more and more people coming forward and reporting unrelated abuse after hearing the victims in this case speak out. Many are only just doing so after years of keeping it to themselves."
what do you think?
Please no witch hunt just a criminal investigation and prosecution. I think the greatest danger is that this is another instance where trial by the media may affect the outcome of a prosecution which involves a jury.
I agree with blue side. This very belated Police investigation should be carried out with the minimum of publicity - until any likely CPS consideration happens to recommend bringing charges. Names should not be unduely blackened - but equally, if any guilt is established, it should be thoroughly persued. We want no more "untouchables" in law and that matters just as much in other cases about at present! If one does anything illegal that cause harm or loss, then they should answer for it in a court of law. I'm sick of all these campaigns for some people and special treatment which would not be afforded to most of us!
It isn't easy to tell from this article if they are investigating Jimmy Savile or everyone claiming to have been attacked by him, or both, or the entire BBC. Now I think of it, their programs have always been a bit weird. Just think of all the television programs which seem a bit strange. That's practically every single one of them.
Is this the beginning of a real outing of child molesters in the BBC? Will they have any staff not jailed by the end of this investigation? Showbiz seems to be full of this kind of person judging from what we keep hearing.
How can you prove abuse which happened soo long ago? How do you separate stories from the truth. I know I'll probably get thumbs down but all im asking is a simple question
krafty you have a valid point which has been mooted - we can all recount a story with a little embellishment when the cameras are rolling.
If it is true then I hope all of those who knew or had herd rumours about the abuse is held accountable as well..
I do not believe the numbers involved here. People are now crawling out of the woodwork to get their 15 minutes of fame. I suspect many are gold diggers hoping to get money out of the newspapers and magazines. Jimmy can not defend himself, so called claimants can say what they like, be it true or not. Where is the truth in all this, there is no medical evidence or police reports. If any of this did really happen, then it should have been reported at the time, not wait 20 or 30 Years.