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Savile 'Took Girls To Leeds Hospital Block Alone'
New allegations have been made about Jimmy Savile's access to Leeds General Infirmary after it was revealed the hospital provided him with an office which he used for around ten years.
A retired porter told Sky News that Savile brought teenage girls into the hospital at night and was given keys so he could take them into the nurses' accommodation.
Terry Pratt, a night porter in the early 1990s, said on at least three occasions Savile arrived at around 2am and stayed with the girls for two or three hours.
"They used to wait in the doorway while he'd go and get the key and he'd take them to the nursing home," he said.
"I don't know how old they were, I'd say they were in their teens and they were dressed up to the nines with lipstick [and] mascara."
Mr Pratt said he had seen Savile's office on an upper floor of the Welcome Wing of the hospital, with his name on what looked like an oak door, and felt unable to report his behaviour.
"You can see what would have happened if we'd have reported him, we'd have got sacked," he claimed.
The Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust questioned Mr Pratt's recollections, saying in the statement that it has been assured the porters did not have a key to the nurses' home.
"The building had a warden on duty 24 hours a day and we understand access was very strictly controlled," it said.
A trust spokesman said Savile's office was provided for him from the mid-1990s until the Welcome Wing closed down in 2006 as part of the fundraising activities he did for the hospital.
"He was an occasional visitor to this office but we have no information to suggest any improper use of this room," he said.
Savile's access to Leeds General Infirmary has been under question since he was accused by a retired nurse of molesting a young female patient there while working as a volunteer porter in the 1970s.
June Thornton, who spoke publicly after other alleged victims of Savile came forward, said she reported the incident to a nurse at the time but nothing was done.
Until now most of the claims about Savile's alleged abuse and inappropriate behaviour have dated from his heyday on radio and TV between the 1960s and the 1980s.
The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation into him, said there are 300 possible victims and the NSPCC has described him as possibly the most prolific offender they have ever come across.
Savile's office in Leeds General Infirmary was in addition to rooms provided for him at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor.
The NHS is conducting an internal investigation into his access to the NHS, but Labour is calling on the Government to do more.
A spokesman for Labour leader Ed Miliband said these latest developments "underline the need" for a full independent inquiry.