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How the Savile scandal unfolded

The full scale of Jimmy Savile's abuse has been laid bare in the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC report Giving Victims A Voice.

Here is how the scandal unfolded, according to the report:

October 31 1926

:: James Wilson Vincent Savile is born in Leeds, the youngest of seven children.


:: A victim is abused by Savile in Manchester, the earliest report of the former TV presenter's offences.


:: Savile's abuse at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire stretches over a 23-year period.


:: Savile's abuse at the BBC spans a 41-year period.


:: Savile abuses girls at Duncroft Approved School, near Staines, over an eight-year period when he is a regular visitor.


:: A female tells the Met she was assaulted in Savile's camper van in a BBC car-park.

No trace of the police file has since been found and the investigating officer has died.


:: A victim tells the Met she was touched inappropriately by Savile on Top Of The Pops in 1973 but says she does not want to take the allegation further unless other victims have come forward.

No trace of other victims are found and the matter is left on file.


:: Savile apparently abuses at least one victim on the final edition of Top Of The Pops.


:: Surrey Police investigate two allegations of abuse at Duncroft school, concerning two victims and a witness.

They also investigate a victim who said she was assaulted at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Savile is interviewed in 2007 but released without charge.


:: A woman reports she had been indecently assaulted by Savile in Worthing, West Sussex, in 1970, but did not want to co-operate with any inquiry or prosecution.

March 2008

:: Savile begins legal proceedings against a newspaper that linked him to child abuse at the Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey, saying he never visited.

But the publication of a photograph of him at the home surrounded by children leads Savile to later admit he had been there.

Jersey police say they investigated an allegation of abuse at the home but dropped it due to insufficient evidence.


:: The last reported offence by Savile.

:: Surrey police interview Savile over an allegation of indecent assault at Duncroft girls' school but the CPS say there is insufficient evidence to bring any charges.

October 29 2011

:: Savile is found dead in his home in Roundhay, Leeds, aged 84. His death came after a spell in hospital with a suspected bout of pneumonia.

October 3 2012

:: Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile is shown on ITV1 at 11.10pm. In it, a total of five women claim they were indecently assaulted by him when they were schoolgirls in the late 1960s and 1970s.

October 11

:: Allegations emerge that Savile abused children at Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary.

October 13

:: The Department of Health says it will carry out an investigation into how Savile was appointed to lead a "taskforce" at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital in 1988.

October 19

:: Scotland Yard announces that Operation Yewtree, the inquiry into alleged child abuse by Savile, is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people.

October 28

:: Former pop star Gary Glitter is arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree. He is bailed to return in mid-December.

November 1

:: Comedian Freddie Starr is arrested in connection with the Savile abuse investigation. He is released on bail.

November 2

:: Freddie Starr returns for further questioning and is later bailed again.

November 8

:: Savile's former chauffeur and flatmate Ray Teret is one of two men arrested by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of a historic rape but police say it is not linked to the inquiry into the former BBC star.

November 9

:: Ray Teret is released on bail.

November 11

:: Former BBC producer Wilfred De'ath is arrested at an address in Cambridge but later insists he was the victim of mistaken identity.

:: BBC director general George Entwistle resigns after an "unacceptable" Newsnight broadcast into child abuse in North Wales wrongly implicates a former senior Conservative politician, and the Savile scandal that engulfed the BBC and Newsnight.

November 15

:: Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. Police say the allegations do not directly involve Savile, and are classed under the strand of their investigation termed "others".

November 16

:: Dave Lee Travis denies any wrongdoing, saying: "This is nothing to do with kids."

November 27

:: Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe reveals Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into the Savile abuse scandal, has cost around 2 million so far.

December 6

:: PR guru Max Clifford is arrested at his Surrey home on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to Belgravia police station in central London for questioning.

Speaking outside the police station later, he protests his innocence, saying: "These allegations are damaging and totally untrue."

December 19

:: Former BBC radio producer Ted Beston, 76, is arrested in London on suspicion of sexual offences and vehemently denies the allegations the following day.

January 2 2013

:: Former TV presenter Jim Davidson is arrested but "vigorously denies" allegations of sexual offences made against him by two women.

A 53-year-old man is also arrested.

Police say the allegations are not directly related to Savile and both men are bailed until March.

January 11 2013

:: The Giving Victims A Voice report into Savile's abuse says there are so far 34 recorded rapes and 126 indecent acts.

Approximately 600 people came forward with evidence, 450 of them relating to Savile, across 28 police force areas.

Nearly three quarters (73%) of offences were against those aged under 18.

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