Sunday 18 March 2018

22 students were abused by Savile at school for troubled girls

Jimmy Savile. Photo: PA
Jimmy Savile. Photo: PA

Ben Mitchell in London

Paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile abused at least 22 pupils and one visitor at a school for emotionally-disturbed teenage girls, where he was allowed to stay overnight, and even molested his victims in the principal's office, according to a police report.

Surrey Police has concluded its investigations into the activities of Savile - who was given "unrestricted and largely unsupervised" access to Duncroft School, in Staines-Upon-Thames, Surrey, which he visited at least 16 times between 1974 and 1979 and stayed overnight on at least two occasions.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in December last year that no charges would be made against former staff members following the police investigation to find whether anyone was complicit in the abuse.

Surrey Police launched Operation Outreach after receiving reports of sex abuse committed by Savile at Duncroft following the ITV 'Exposure' programme.

The report says Savile first visited Duncroft on January 21, 1974, and stopped when it temporarily closed in 1979, during which time he visited at least 16 times - although evidence from victims and witnesses suggest he attended more frequently.

Although written records show he stayed overnight twice, the report received accounts saying he stayed more frequently, in his own camper van or in staff quarters.

He is also recorded to have twice stayed at Norman Lodge, a hostel in the grounds used as a place of transition for girls who had gained employment, and also visited the intensive care unit twice.

The report says: "Jimmy Savile is recorded in log books to have taken pupils out, with a strong indication that they were unaccompanied by staff, on three occasions. It is evident that Jimmy Savile was given significant access to the grounds and buildings, and it appears that this access was unrestricted and largely unsupervised."

Of the 46 offences established by Surrey Police, four offences occurred in vehicles taken to the school by Savile and others were in various rooms in Duncroft, including the principal's office, dining room, common room, kitchen, TV room and a bedroom or the intensive care unit, while 13 of the off-site offences occurred in vehicles taken to the school by Savile.

Of the 23 victims, 10 were abused on a single occasion by Savile and 13 were abused at least twice. Five victims were abused seven times.

The report tells of a number of offences committed by Savile including sexual touching.

If charged, Savile would have faced an allegation of rape, five of assault by penetration, two of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and 38 offences of sexual assault.

Irish Independent

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