Tuesday 25 July 2017

31 rape claims made against Savile

Police have been revealing details of the abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile
Police have been revealing details of the abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile

A total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Jimmy Savile so far, police investigating the sex abuse scandal surrounding the late star have revealed.

Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints against the BBC presenter and DJ himself, mainly alleging sexual abuse, Scotland Yard said.

Ten weeks since the launch of Operation Yewtree - looking at the claims against Savile - police said they have recorded 199 crimes in 17 force areas in which he is a suspect.

There are 31 allegations of rape recorded against Savile in seven force areas, Scotland Yard said.

So far Operation Yewtree detectives have detained seven suspects and helped in the arrest of three others elsewhere in the country, Scotland Yard said, adding: "More arrests nationally will be forthcoming."

Officers are looking at three strands within their inquiry: claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others, with the report covering the first of those strands.

Operation Yewtree involves a team of 30 officers and has already cost around £2 million. Today Scotland Yard said the majority of work relating to offences reported against Savile acting alone has now been completed, although more victims could come forward, and are being encouraged to do so.

Police and the NSPCC are compiling a report, which it is hoped will be published in the new year, to provide an overview of the late star's activities.

Police said that although work is continuing, analysis so far showed that 82 per cent of those coming forward reporting abuse were female, and 80 per cent of the total victims were children or young people.

The force said the sexual abuse allegations reported against a single person were "unprecedented" in the UK, and 12 other inquiries or related reviews have been launched since the ITV broadcast on October 4 that prompted the Savile sex abuse scandal.

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