Jimmy Savile's sex victims as young as eight, reports shows
Police and NSPCC reveal full extent of sex crimes committed by one of UK's most prolific sex offenders
A REPORT into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal released this morning reveals that the TV personality abused children as young as eight and even preyed on one victim at a Leeds hospice.
The joint report by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC is called Giving Victims a Voice and shows what has been discovered about Savile since the police investigation, Operation Yewtree, was launched three months ago.
The 30-page document paints a picture of a man decribed by police as one of the country's worst predatory sex offenders. As The Times reports, it expands on allegations already in the public domain.
The report contains detail on:
How many crimes he is suspected of... Last year it was revealed that there had been 450 complaints against Savile, who died at the age of 84 in 2011. The report details 34 allegations of rape and penetration.
Where the alleged attacks were committed... Three hospitals have already been named - Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital. The report adds the Great Ormond Street children's hospital in London and the Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. The BBC's Television Centre is also named.
Who he preyed on... The report reveals that Savile has been accused of attacking children as young as eight in 214 crimes recorded across 28 different police force areas.
Why he was never caught... "The number of institutions identified in the inquiry raises the spectre of a systemic failure that spread into every corner of British society," says The Guardian. The report highlights "a cultural shift in attitudes between today and 30 years ago, when a blind eye was turned to such activity with children and young people and victims were not listened to".
Today also sees the publication of a review by the Crown Prosecution Service into a decision made in 2009 not to charge Savile with sexual offences after investigations by police in Surrey and Sussex. ·