Jimmy Savile 'took teen girls' on nocturnal visits to Leeds hospital
Savile was handed keys to nurses' accommodation, claims fellow porter at Leeds General Infirmary
JIMMY SAVILE frequently took teenage girls on late-night visits to the Leeds General Infirmary, where he was given access to the nurses' accommodation, a former hospital worker has told the BBC.
The latest in a string of claims against the late television presenter comes from Terry Pratt, a former night porter at the hospital where Savile famously volunteered as a porter.
Pratt says Savile would pay night-time calls with different girls in tow several times a month, beginning in the late 1980s. Savile, a familiar face at the hospital, would ask for the key from "the lad on the desk", who would respond "make sure I get it back," says Pratt.
Savile would then vanish with his young guests for several hours, only returning the key shortly before dawn.
Pratt describes the girls as "star-struck" and "not streetwise". They appeared "speechless" and would "just disappear with him."
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has responded with the statement: "We continue to be shocked by each new allegation... The Trust is in contact with senior detectives from the Metropolitan Police and we have indicated our intention to help with their enquiries."
However, the hospital said that it has no records of any complaints made against Savile during the period he volunteered there.
- The names of two more celebrities allegedly connected to the Savile scandal have been volunteered by their victims, according to the Daily Mail. The victims approached child protection consultant Mark Williams-Thomas, who has been acting as a mediator between victims and police.
- The publicity about Jimmy Savile has encouraged victims of paedophiles in Northern Ireland to call the Nexus Institute which specialises in helping grown-ups who were abused as children. Institute director Helena Bracken told the Belfast Telegraph: "We have noticed a major increase [in calls]".