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Scotland Yard: Savile abused kids on a national scale

Abuse claims ... Jimmy Savile
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JIMMY Savile was branded a "predatory sex offender" by a senior policeman today as cops revealed they were
At a press conference today Scotland Yard detectives said TV legend Savile's pattern of offending behaviour was on "a national scale".
Commander of specialist crime investigations Peter Spindler said police had recorded eight allegations against Sir Jimmy, including two rapes.
He added the alleged victims were mainly girls who were aged between 13 and 16 at the time.

He also said that the allegations spanned four decades - with the earliest dating back to 1959.
Police said there could be 20 to 25 victims in total.
Mr Spindler told reporters: “Information is coming in as we speak probably.
“The reality is this really has captured the public’s mind. We are getting calls from victims, from witnesses and third parties who believe they know something about it.
“We have formally recorded eight criminal allegations against Savile. Two of those are rape, six of indecent assault.
“These are primarily against girls in their mid-teens, so between 13 and 16 and it spans four decades of abuse.”

Honoured ... Jimmy Savile receiving his Knighthood
Scotland Yard has been in contact with ITV and the BBC to gather information and they are contacting alleged victims they have been talking to see if they will co-operate, he said.
Mr Spindler added: “We believe there are probably another 20 potential victims there."
“It is too early for us to give you an accurate picture of what 120 lines of inquiry will distil down to but we believe we will come up with between 20 to 25 victims.”
Mr Spindler added: "It is quite clear he was a predatory sex offender."
He said police were also working to identify anyone who could be subject to criminal investigation.
The BBC is not being investigated, he said.
Asked if allegations related to any institutions other than those mentioned in previous claims - the BBC, the Jersey children’s home, or the school in Staines - he said he had contacted Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and Leeds Royal Infirmary.
Mr Spindler said police will produce a joint report with the NSPCC to look to see what lessons can be learned and what conclusions can be drawn, which can be shared with other agencies.
Calling it an “assessment”, rather than an investigation, he said it is being carried out by Scotland Yard and being led by its Serious Case Team, which looks at complex and history cases.
There are seven officers working on the case, but that will go up to 10 tomorrow, “because we are keen to draw this to a swift conclusion”, he said.
Mr Spindler said a provisional search of Scotland Yard’s records could not find any record of any previous investigation into Savile, and they were only previously aware of the involvement of Surrey Police.
Although it is in its early stages, he said allegations suggested Savile’s “predilection for teenage girls”.
“There is a pattern of behaviour that is being presented to us which ultimately we will hope to analyse and present in a final report in some weeks time,” he said.
                            BBC boss ... director general George Entwhistle

Peter Liver, from the NSPCC, said over the last five days the charity has received 40 calls following the claims of abuse committed by Savile.
Of these, 24 have been referred to police or other agencies that can support victims of abuse, he said, and 17 directly relate to Savile.
Mr Liver said there were also 21 unrelated calls to the helpline that stemmed from publicity over the allegations.
He said they consisted of “people coming forward to report abuse as a result of the attention that has been drawn to this”.
Last night thousands of appalled Sun readers yesterday joined our campaign to get rid of Savile's knighthood.
And PM David Cameron today hinted Jimmy Savile could be stripped of the honour in the wake of the allegations.
The Prime Minister stopped short of revealing whether he felt the former DJ should lose the honour - but suggested the case should be considered by a Whitehall committee which has the power to do so.
The clamour grew as BBC boss George Entwistle apologised unreservedly to the shamed DJ’s alleged victims — and finally promised a probe into their allegations.
Mr Entwistle said the victims had “gone through something awful and something I deeply regret”.

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