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Police follow 40 allegations of Savile sex abuse

THERE are 40 possible victims of TV presenter Jimmy Savile, and 340 lines of enquiry, police in the UK have said.

So far 12 allegations of sexual offences have been officially recorded but this number is increasing, the police said.

Metropolitan Police detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the late presenter continues to rise.

The news came after BBC director-general George Entwistle offered a "profound and heartfelt apology" to the alleged victims of Savile's abuse as he announced that two inquiries would be launched.

One will look into whether there were any failings over the handling of an abandoned Newsnight investigation into the late DJ and broadcaster.



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A second independent inquiry will look into the "culture and practices of the BBC during the years Jimmy Savile worked here", Mr Entwistle said.

Of that, he said: "It will examine whether that culture and those practices allowed him or others to carry out the sexual abuse of children. It will also examine whether the BBC's child protection, whistle-blowing and bullying and harassment policies and practices are now fit for purpose."

Mr Entwistle said: "As the director-general of the BBC, I have made clear my revulsion at the thought that these criminal assaults were carried out by someone employed by the BBC and that some may have happened on BBC premises as well as, we now discover, in hospitals and other institutions.

"I have one thing to repeat -- that is a profound and heartfelt apology on behalf of the BBC to every victim. It is the victims, these women who were subject to criminal actions, who must be central in our thoughts."

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke said he knew nothing of the allegations until two weeks ago.

Speaking on Radio 4's Any Questions, he said: "Jimmy Savile was long gone by the time I got to the BBC.

"We don't know anybody knew yet and that will be the interesting thing to find out, and that's what the inquiry will find out, who knew."

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