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Fresh Abuse Claims Surface Against Savile
Two fresh historic allegations of alleged sex abuse by TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile have been made to police.
North Yorkshire Police on Wednesday received a report of a sexual offence which allegedly took place in Scarborough in the 1980s.
A statement from the force said the alleged offence involved a young girl and was the first report it had received in connection with an investigation into abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.
A disclosure was also made to Tayside Police regarding an historical incident that took place in the Liverpool area.
A statement from that force said: "Full details will be provided to the Metropolitan Police, and support is being offered to the woman concerned."
It comes after two hospitals spoke of their "shock" at the allegations made against the Jim'll Fix It star.
Nurses at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, told children to stay in bed and pretend they were asleep to prevent the TV presenter from groping them, it has been claimed.
They were also said to have dreaded Savile's visits because of his behaviour.
A statement from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust read: "We are shocked to hear of the serious allegations about Jimmy Savile.
"We are unaware of any record or reports of inappropriate behaviour of this nature during Jimmy's work with the trust."
Rebecca Owen, a former patient at the hospital, told The Daily Telegraph: "It was an air of resignation that you had to put up with.
"There was some sort of ironic chatter between the nurses about who would be the lucky one to go off to his room.
"And then, as one of the nurses was leaving or passing by my bed, she leant over and said, 'The best you can do is stay in bed until he's gone and pretend to be asleep.'"
Allegations were also made about abuse at Leeds General Infirmary relating to incidents in the 1970s.
The hospital said two people, thought to be patients, came forward to report abuse.
It said it was unclear whether the alleged abuse took place when Savile was a volunteer porter at the hospital, or when he was visiting informally.
In a separate incident, former nurse June Thornton said she saw Savile abuse a brain-damaged young girl at Leeds General Infirmary. Ms Thornton was a patient at the time of the alleged incident and was recovering from an operation.
She said: "She had brain damage, and Jimmy Savile came in and kissed her.
"He started kissing her neck, running his hands up and down her arms, and then started to molest her.
"Because I was laid flat on my back, there was nothing I could do."
A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We are shocked at the nature and extent of the very serious allegations made against Jimmy Savile which were revealed by the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday.
"At this stage we are not aware to what degree their investigation relates to incidents in Leeds."
Savile's headstone was removed from a cemetery in Scarborough on Tuesday out of "respect to public opinion". The Jim'll Fix It star died last year at the age of 84.
The elaborate tombstone was removed from Woodlands Cemetery at the request of Savile's family, to be broken up and sent to landfill.
Police said they believe the "predatory sex offender" could have abused up to 25 victims over a period of 40 years.
Commander Peter Spindler, Scotland Yard's head of specialist crime investigations, said the abuse appeared to have been on a "national scale".
He told the BBC: "At this stage, it is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender."
The Metropolitan Police have so far recorded two criminal allegations of rape and six allegations of indecent assault against the former Top of the Pops presenter.
The Savile Hall conference venue, where the late presenter's possessions were auctioned after his death, will now be renamed, its owners said on Thursday.
Royal Armouries International said it had decided to rebrand the venue, in Savile's home city of Leeds, "out of respect for public opinion".
Around £320,000 was raised for charity when items including his tracksuits, cigars and Rolls Royce were auctioned in July.