Tuesday 20 March 2018

Claims of abuse go back six decades as police probe reports from 1959 to 2006

Arj Singh

JIMMY Savile's alleged catalogue of abuse could have spanned six decades, as police say there are allegations stretching between 1959 and 2006.

Commander Peter Spindler, head of Scotland Yard's specialist crime investigations, said: "We can now confirm that we have received information from the public that suggest allegations against Jimmy Savile span six decades with reports starting in 1959 up to and including 2006."

Scotland Yard is pursuing 340 lines of inquiry in the Savile abuse case and so far 12 allegations of sexual offences have been officially recorded but this number is increasing, police said. Police investigated allegations about Savile's behaviour as far back as 1958. Savile paid officers to drop a case against him for "interfering with young girls" when he was a nightclub manager in Leeds, his former bodyguard told a newspaper.

Meanwhile the BBC has been sucked into the scandal after it emerged that 'Newsnight' abandoned an investigation. The organisation has also come under fire with claims that staff were aware of the presenter's behaviour and failed to take action.

Irish Independent

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