Jimmy Savile organised all-girl 'therapeutic' parties at psychiatric hospital Broadmoor
JIMMY Savile organised all-girl discos at the psychiatric hospital Broadmoor in which he was the "therapeutic entertainment", it has been claimed.
The late television presenter used his access to the wards to recruit the young women for his private parties where he would be the DJ.
Describing himself as "therapeutic entertainment", his discos in the 70s, which he insisted on making, "lasses only", allowed him access to the young girls away from the staff.
They are likely to be a part of the Department of Health's investigation into how and why Savile was given a leading role at the high security psychiatric hospital.
A source told the Daily Mirror: "Savile did whatever he wanted at Broadmoor and nobody could stop him."
A former employee at Broadmoor, who knew Savile but asked not to be named, said: "He had access to all areas.
"He went where he wanted and spoke to whoever he wanted to. He spoke to all the patients. He would just walk up and have a chat. He was always there."
The Jim'll Fix It star, who had a flat in the grounds, volunteered at the hospital for 20 years before he was made head of a task force to plug a £20m deficit in 1988.
The DJ was considered by the Department of Health as the ideal person to fix the hospital's finances and advise on welfare.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood has received a staggering 2,000 calls offering information since details of Savile's decades preying on youngsters began to emerge.
The BBC presenter Jeremy Vine branded Savile "one of the most serious predatory paedophiles in criminal history".
Ex-Newsnight anchor Jeremy, 47, who hosts a Radio 2 lunchtime show, told the Sun: "This is a complete and utter nightmare.
"The fact that a person was using his BBC prestige and maybe even BBC dressing rooms to attack young children I find completely disgusting as a father of two young daughters.
"I cannot believe it happened for such a sustained period — and on our doorstep."
Meanwhile another woman claimed he abused her while she was living at a Salvation Army women's home in Salford because she was unmarried and her family were ashamed of her.
Savile had a bedsit a few hundred yards away — and was a regular visitor.
One said: "We were vulnerable, the lowest of the low. We were clearly pregnant and very young.
"We went to see him. He kissed us and tried to grope our breasts. I think we had asked for an autograph and he said we had to give him a kiss.
"He preyed on our vulnerability. Everyone needs to know how many people he has affected."
She reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police on Friday. They are probing complaints about Savile from at least two other women.
Ed Miliband last night demanded an independent inquiry into mounting allegations against Savile.
The Labour leader said that there needed to be a "broad look" at the "horrific allegations" embroiling Savile, who died last year.
The Metropolitan Police is coordinating a national criminal probe after more than 60 victims came forward to claim they had been molested or attacked by the television and radio presenter when they were children.
The BBC has also set up two internal investigations.
However, in an interview with ITV's Agenda last night, Mr Miliband said: "These are horrific allegations. To do right by the victims, I don't think that the BBC can lead their own inquiry. We need a broad look at the public institutions involved – the BBC, parts of the NHS and Broadmoor. It has got to be independent."
His comments were made after the BBC director-general came under mounting pressure to explain why a Newsnight investigation into Savile was shelved after the Culture Secretary said the inquiry was "inappropriately pulled".
Maria Miller entered the row about Savile's conduct at the BBC as it emerged that the corporation's head, George Entwistle, will face a public grilling by MPs as early as next week.
Mr Entwistle has agreed to bring forward a planned appearance in front of the culture, media and sport committee, the same parliamentary body that interrogated Rupert Murdoch during an inquiry into phone hacking.
Speaking in the Commons for the first time about the Savile sex abuse scandal, Mrs Miller said the allegations were "horrifying" and disclosed that she had telephoned Mr Entwistle and Lord Patten of Barnes, the chairman of the BBC Trust, on Friday to discuss the BBC's response.
She said it was up to the BBC Trust to establish the truth about "the item on Savile which was inappropriately pulled from Newsnight". Mrs Miller's office later claimed that she had not intended to describe the decision over Newsnight as "inappropriate" and that her speaking notes showed she had meant to say the BBC "will look into the allegations that an item on Savile was inappropriately pulled". The director-general has said he was aware Newsnight was investigating Savile last year, when he was the head of BBC Vision, but claims he did not ask about the investigation in case he was accused of meddling.
A question he is likely to be asked next week is why he allowed the BBC to screen tribute programmes to Savile after his death last year without finding out more about the Newsnight investigation.
Kevin Marsh, editor of the BBC College of Journalism and a former editor of Radio 4's Today programme, said the "real and present danger" to the BBC and to Mr Entwistle was the question: "Why didn't the head of Vision shelve the tributes once he knew that a BBC programme – or indeed any other part of the media – was finally investigating Savile?"
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, Jeremy Vine, the Radio 2 presenter and former Newsnight journalist, said it would be a scandal if anyone at the BBC had allowed the "hagiographies" about Savile's life to be aired if they knew the details of the Newsnight investigation.
Later this week the BBC will announce that in addition to an investigation into Savile's activities and one into the dropping of the Newsnight exposé, an inquiry will be opened into allegations of a culture of sexual harassment at the BBC.
By Richard Alleyne Telegraph.co.uk