Saturday 17 March 2018

BBC help police in Savile probe

Dean Gray London

The BBC has said it will make direct contact with police to provide full support over the "disturbing allegations" made about abuse involving Jimmy Savile.

It comes as an historic rape allegation made against the entertainer was referred to Scotland Yard by officers in Surrey.

A spokesman for the BBC said: "A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.

"Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC -- or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC."

The investigations unit is a division of the BBC responsible for security and safety matters within the corporation.

A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said: "The alleged offence occurred in London, therefore the matter has been referred to the Metropolitan Police."

It was also revealed yesterday that Jersey and Surrey police both investigated accusations made against the entertainer about alleged abuse in two children's homes, but decided there was not enough evidence to proceed.

In 2007, Surrey police received an allegation of indecent assault that was alleged to have taken place at a children's home in Staines during the 1970s.

The force said: "The allegation was investigated and an individual was interviewed under caution. The matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision who advised there was insufficient evidence to take any further action."

'Newsnight' editor Peter Rippon said the current affairs show dropped a story about the allegations against Savile because it "had not established any institutional failure" on behalf of the police or Crown Prosecution Service.

Writing on a BBC blog, Mr Rippon said it was "totally untrue" he had come under any pressure to drop the story from within the corporation.

He added the CPS told 'Newsnight' no action was taken against the star because of "lack of evidence".

Irish Independent

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