Thursday 25 December 2014

Savile abused patients and staff in hospice for the terminally ill

Martin Evans London

Published 07/01/2013 | 05:00

The late entertainer Jimmy Savile will be accused of assaulting the sick and dying as well as hundreds of other people including children, when the British police publish a report into the scandal later this week, according to reports.

The Metropolitan Police is expected to reveal more details of the allegations that have poured in against Savile since revelations were made on a TV documentary last October.

A report will list all the establishments, including hospitals, prisons and schools where Savile preyed on his victims.

But it is also expected to reveal for the first time that Savile attacked the patients and staff of a hospice he visited under the guise of carrying out charity work.

Attacked

Savile's association with Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor hospitals is well known, but it is thought he may have abused people in at least seven other institutions.

Some hospitals allowed him to wander the wards freely and in some cases he was even given keys allowing him to come and go as he pleased.

Peter Saunders, chief executive of the British National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: "This will really shake people. There seems to be no end to the places where that guy attacked people."

Mark Williams-Thomas, the former detective whose ITV documentary exposed the Savile allegations, added: "There seems to be nowhere Savile went where he did not abuse people."

Police have already revealed that a total of 450 people have contacted detectives to report allegations against Savile.

Officers have already recorded 199 crimes in 17 police force areas in which the former BBC radio DJ and TV presenter is a suspect, among them 31 rape allegations in seven different parts of the country.

Ten people have now been questioned by police as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into historic sexual offences, which was set up in the wake of the Savile revelations. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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