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Savile: Police Speak To 40 Potential Victims
Police investigating sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile are now pursuing 340 lines of enquiry and are talking to 40 potential victims.
The Metropolitan Police Service, which is investigating the claims, said it had officially recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences against the TV presenter, but expected that number to increase.
It said: "Officers from the Serious Case team of the MPS Child Abuse Investigation Command will continue to contact those who have come forward to ensure that they are given the advice and support they need.
"We would once again praise the courage of, and thank, everyone who has come forward to provide us with information to assist in understanding the scale of abuse perpetrated by Savile."
Met detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the late Top Of The Pops host continues to rise.
BBC director general George Entwistle announced in a news conference the corporation would launch a "forensic and soul-searching" independent review into the culture and practices at the BBC in the wake of the allegations.
He said a second review would also be carried out into the decision by Newsnight editors not to broadcast an expose on Savile.
He said: "I would like to offer a profound and heart-felt apology on behalf of the BBC to every victim. The BBC will not avoid confronting the events of its past.
"Jimmy Savile's victims have faced years of pain. We owe it to them and our audiences to investigate how this could have happened."
Earlier TV actress Julie Fernandez revealed she had been groped by Savile when she appeared on one of his TV shows at the age of 14.
The disabled star, who appeared in sitcom The Office, said his hands lingered on her when she took part in an edition of Jim'll Fix It along with other children from her boarding school.
She had been positioned next to Savile in the studio after writing to the show on behalf of her friends at Treloar School in Hampshire.
"He just had very gropey hands. He was far too familiar. It was very subtly done," the 38-year-old told Sky News.
"We were in a studio full of people. His hand was on my thigh for two, three, four seconds too long. On my back, on my shoulder, just far too familiar."
Fernandez, who also appeared in BBC1's Eldorado and is a disability rights campaigner, said: "I've come forward because lots of other people are as well. I want to say that it's true, it is what it is.
"What worries me is that there's going to be people out there saying 'oh these girls are just jumping on the bandwagon for a bit of publicity' and that really is not the case. He really was a sexual predator."
Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Tayside are the latest forces to receive allegations against Savile.
Savile, who raised millions of pounds by running marathons and half-marathons, has now been removed from the Great North Run's hall of fame.
David Hart, communications director at race organiser Nova International, said: "We took the measure out of respect of public opinion surrounding Mr Savile.
"We are waiting for the conclusion of the police investigation before taking any further action. One option in the future could be to have his hall of fame award rescinded entirely."
A spokesman for Savile's charitable trust said it had received a "very large number" of requests for funding, including from charities working with sex abuse victims.
It said the fund could only be used for charitable purposes, and not for any compensation payments.
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what do you think?
I hope they look into the nurses other celebrities police and anyone else who turned a blind eye to all of this as they're just as bad
No Shirley, they are not "as bad" they had their reasens......HE on the other hand, IS bad, don't try and bad mouth them, and apportion the blame on any body else other than the guilty one! Lets face it, if he had kept his groping hands to himself, there would not be anything that they needed to have said! ;-/
All these alegations should have been made a lot sooner. These people should be ashamed of themselve for not speaking out sooner thus preventing other being abused. For nurses to now say they witnessed these going on's is beyond believe. It iss noe thing as a child to be afraid but not when a adult when they could have said something while he was alive. They could have helped prevent these things.
Some of these adults did report them but weren't believed!! They should be ashamed of themselves???? Yr joking right?? They didn't cause this, that seedy man was the cause and the ppl who kept it quiet (as in ppl who worked at the bbc n hospitals) were just as bad..saville n those ppl should be ashamed of themselves, NOT the victims!!!!!
Here's another one trying to deflect the blame on others!
This is getting like a runaway train so how come one person committed so much abuse? However the wheels are in motion so is there no other news?
Getting 'tired' of the story, or getting tired of being wrong?
It seems this is the most important thing to be happening or has ever happened. Never mind the missing 5 year old...
Andy Savo Hanson
The real crimes are the teacher running off with that 15 year old and that bloke kidnapping and killing that 5 year old. Even the justice of the 96 fans and next they be saying Roy Castle&Jeremy Beadle was up to no good.
I have just heard that the police are investigating allegations of animal abuse against the late Rod Hull involving a defenceless emu, sickening.
Pathetic john. Are you the same john who was defending jimmy?
I never defended him pal, I just attacked the idiocy of putting a DEAD man on trial, I see the money chasing lawyers are now on the case, cue thousands more alleged victims springing up.
Jimmy Saville is dead. I do not doubt, in any way, his appalling behaviour. His family must be in shatters. I am so sorry. Let's forget it, maybe some good - money for charity was raised but bye bye Jimmy. Let's worry about youngsters dying in Syria - forget irrelevant stuff. Love to you all.
Roy E Millington
funny how they all come forward after one charity said it would give some money to victims, hope they give some of the accusers/victims a lie detector test to prove thier claims
I wondered why it had all suddenly emerged. Most people just keep quiet abput it unless there's something to gain by speaking up. Now he's dead, there's no benefit for anybody to speak up unless there's money involved in which case can I claim he molested me most foully? (Err... anybody got any suggestions what I should say he was supposed to have done?)
Sage, how about 'he made me even more stupid than I already was'?
The family of Saville have removed his headstone to preserve the sanctity of the graveyard.......Yesterday I heard the news media still referring to him as "Sir Jimmy"......Why hasn't the Queen stepped in and removed his knighthood?.....The Royals have been a bit quiet....you'd think a scandal involving a Knight of the realm would ruffle a few feathers........
...........I WOULD LIKE 10,000 QUIDS TO MAKE UP A STORY.!!!!.......AND THE PEOPLE THAT DID KNOW SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE END OF BRITISH JUSTICE, AND THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND PROSICUTED...AND PAY ALL OF ANY DAMAGES.....THEY ADMIT THEY KNEW AND DIDNT DO ANYTHING !!!!!!!!!!.,,,,,,,,,,,. I STILL THINK ITS A BANDWAGON THING !!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's getting out of hand like most things in this country
What's the point in wasting tax payers money and police time on this. The guy is dead and buried, his gravestone smashed and his name forever disgraced. These alleged victims won't see a penny in compensation and no one from the BBC who supposedly knew about Savile's exploits will be made accountable.
I just want to make the point that if a girl is sitting next to Jimmy Savile on the television and his hand is on her thigh for "a few seconds" then that is not attacking someone or doing anything else. If I remember, I saw that happen, myself during the 1980s and I didn't think much of it. His hand was on her back? What's wrong with that? Lots of people do that. Who are they going to accuse next? That politician who picked up a girl to hold in his arms then her dad took her away? What's his name? He thumped that reporter once.