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Fury as Amazon sells ‘racist’ golliwog outfit including costume, wig and even mask

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  • Costume is being sold on Amazon by independent company for £39.99
  • Customers speak out against ‘racist’ outfit saying it is inappropriate
  • But the U.S. web giant has refused to ban it from the site

Amazon has come under fire for selling a fancy dress costume of a golliwog.

The online shopping giant has not removed the outfit from sale despite receiving a flood of complaints from furious customers.

Many commenters have denounced the costume as ‘racist’ because of its links with outdated stereotypes about black people.

'Racist': This golliwog outfit is currently on sale on Amazon through a third-party company

The outfit is advertised as an ‘Adult Golly Fancy Dress Costume’ and is on sale for £39.99.

It is being listed on Amazon by Orion Costumes, an independent company which also sells ‘sexy’ outfits such as a schoolgirl costume.

The golly kit includes a mask and wig as well as striped trousers, a tailcoat and an oversized bow tie.

The official product description reads: ‘Our amazing Golly Costume is a fantastic recreation of the popular rag doll character and is ideal if you are looking for a memorable outfit!’

A number of angry browsers have left one-star reviews on the Amazon website, calling for the outfit to be removed from sale.

On sale: Amazon has refused to remove the outfit despite receiving a flood of complaints

On sale: Amazon has refused to remove the outfit despite receiving a flood of complaints

Anger: Just one of the furious complaints left by customers on Amazon's website

Anger: Just one of the furious complaints left by customers on Amazon’s website

Michelle Coke wrote: ‘This should not be an item for sale and should be removed immediately. This is offensive and show lack of sensitivity on the part of Amazon.’

Another user said: ‘This is repulsive and offensive. Amazon take this down! Did you go back in a time machine to the 1940s?’

And a third added: ‘This costume is ridiculous. I don’t need to say any more than that, I can’t believe it’s even on sale really.’

Anti-racism campaigners have also called on Amazon to apologise for the outfit.

Hellen Pattison of Youth Against Racism told The Sun: ‘Yet again Amazon has shown they will sell highly offensive and demeaning products, as long as they can make a profit.’

Iconic: The golliwog was once a much-loved children's toy which appeared on jars of Robertson's jam but has since become tainted by the use of the term as a racist slur

Iconic: The golliwog was once a much-loved children’s toy which appeared on jars of Robertson’s jam but has since become tainted by the use of the term as a racist slur

Withdrawn: This ‘zombie Jimmy Savile‘ outfit was taken down from Amazon last month.

The outfit is still available on the site, which is the world’s dominant online retailer, and Amazon has refused to comment on the controversy.

The golliwog was long treasured a popular children’s book character and famously appeared on jars of Robertson’s jam for more than 90 years.

However, after it became a term of abuse aimed at black people it has become increasingly taboo.

Nonetheless, dozens of golly-themed products are available on Amazon, including dolls, clocks and keyrings.

The U.S.-based retailer was heavily criticised last month after allowing a ‘zombie Jimmy Savile’ Halloween costume to be sold on the site.

Amazon withdrew the outfit following a national outcry.

source : Mail online

Barrister suspended from sex cases after court comments

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A barrister who described a 13-year-old victim of sex abuse as “predatory” in court has been suspended from sexual offence cases pending a review.

Robert Colover has been criticised for his remarks, in which he also described the girl as “sexually experienced”.

The Crown Prosecution Service said he would not be instructed in sex cases while it considered his situation.

Neil Wilson, 41, admitted abusing the girl at his home in Romford, London, and was given a suspended jail term.

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The sexual abuse case involving a 13-year-old victim was heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court

‘Real concern’

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) described Mr Colover’s language as “inappropriate”.

The CPS said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, would carry out a review and decide what action to take.

A CPS spokesman said: “We are now considering the involvement of this barrister in sexual offence prosecutions and have advised his chambers that we will not instruct him in any ongoing or future cases involving sexual offences in the meantime.”

Robert Colover

The CPS added: “The word predatory in this context should not have been used and is of real concern to the CPS.

“It is not consistent with the work that we have undertaken alongside the judiciary and others in the past year to improve attitudes towards victims of abuse.

“We expect all of our prosecutors, including self-employed barristers who act on our behalf, to follow our guidance in these very difficult cases.”

The Metropolitan Police said the word “predatory” did not did not appear in any police material concerning the victim.

A Met spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of reports in the media surrounding terminology used by the prosecution barrister in the case of Neil Wilson.

“This is not terminology the Met Police Service would use to describe a victim in such a case, and was not used by the officer who provided testimony in this case.”

‘Absolutely right’

Prime Minister David Cameron said he supported the position of the CPS.

He said: “I think the CPS are absolutely right to say that what one of their lawyers said was not appropriate. It isn’t appropriate. We need a criminal justice system that stands up properly for victims.

“The victims should always be at the centre of our thinking and I’m pleased the CPS have made that statement and I’m also pleased that the attorney general has said that he is personally going to look into this case.”

Judge Nigel Peters, shown leaving Snaresbrook Crown Court, was appointed a circuit judge in 2012

Labour has written to the Bar Standards Board to ask it to investigate whether Mr Colover had breached its code of conduct.

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Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said: “It is appalling that, after the scandals of Jimmy Savile and Rochdale, these awful Lolita prejudices are still being served up in court, and by the prosecution of all people.”

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said a prosecutor must draw to a court’s attention any matter that assists the defendant – and it is not at all unusual.

But, our correspondent added, the prosecutor needed to scrutinise the potentially mitigating material carefully and the language in which it is expressed.

Sentencing hearing

The police were alerted to the actions of Wilson, who now lives in York, after his victim told a friend. Images of child sex abuse were also found on Wilson’s computer.

Wilson later admitted two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.

Mr Colover, who was employed by the CPS at Wilson’s sentencing hearing at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, said: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.”

The judge, Nigel Peters, said that when deciding Wilson’s punishment he had taken into account the prosecution’s comments that the girl looked and behaved older than she was.

Wilson’s eight-month jail term was suspended for two years. The Attorney General’s Office said the sentence had been drawn to its attention as “possibly unduly lenient”.

Details of the case came as the head of the judiciary in England and Wales said a select pool of judges with specialist training would be created to handle complex child abuse cases, amid concerns at the way some child witnesses were treated in court by lawyers.

Javed Khan, chief executive of independent charity Victim Support, said: “Victims of sexual abuse should be praised for their bravery in coming forward not censured and have their credibility called into question, least of all by the prosecution.”

However, Carl Gardner, a former government legal adviser, warned that most people commenting on the case did not know the full facts.

Paul Mendelle, a criminal barrister and former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, said the behaviour of the victim is not usually a mitigating factor.

An online petition on Change.org calling for the CPS to investigate the language used by Mr Colover has been signed by 30,000 people.

source: BBC NEWS

Elm House abuse scandal: ‘Chance to investigate VIP B&B paedophile ring was missed 12 years ago’

Allegations on an internet forum about boys being molested at Elm House B&B led to the current probe – despite them first surfacing in 2001.

ELm House Guest House,Barnes as it is now : Picture courtesy: Exaro News

 The chance to first investigate a guesthouse linked to an alleged VIP paedophile ring was missed 12 years ago, it is claimed.

Allegations on an internet forum about boys being molested at Elm House B&B led to the current probe – despite them first surfacing in 2001.

Politicians including MP Sir Cyril Smith and an unnamed former Cabinet Minister were said to have abused boys at the guesthouse in Barnes, South West London, during the late 70s and early 80s.

The victims were allegedly from a nearby Richmond Council care home, Grafton Close.

A police inquiry into the claims was launched late last year on the back of the Jimmy Savile abuse claims and concerns raised by Labour MP Tom Watson.

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Accused: MP Sir Cyril Smith

 

 But Trevor Whittall, Lib Dem councillor for East Twickenham at the time and vice chair of the social services committee, says he took the allegations to Richmond Council when they came to light in 2001.

Mr Whittall, a councillor for four years between 1998 and 2002, went on the forum to ask for more information on the claims now being made.

Much of what he was told forms part of the current police investigation. He says the mentioned reports of sex abuse to the director of children and families services, Terry Earland.

Mr Whittall said: “I recall having a brief discussion with the head of children and families at the time. He said that several years before there had been problems at a children’s home in Barnes.”

Mr Earland said he was certain the accounts were genuine and told police about them but they were not fully investigated. He added: “Almost certainly, it was discussed within the council.”

Richmond Council said that it was investigating the contents of the web forum and the allegations of sex abuse.

MP Tom Watson raised concerns last October about “clear intelligence” of boys being abused at parties allegedly attended by politicians, pop stars and people linked to the royal household.

The former deputy head of Richmond’s Grafton Close care home, John Stingemore, and Norfolk priest Tony McSweeney have both now been arrested as part of the current inquiry.

Prince Charlie’s Link To Pedophile Networks: The Pedophile Government.

Prince Charles(right) with the late Jimmy Savile

Fresh on the heels of the fallout from revelations regarding former BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile and his unbelievably sickening and innumerable instances of child molestation as well as the “LOOK THE OTHER WAY” approach of the BBC,

more and more questions are now emerging in regard to the connection between Savile and British Royalty..most notably Prince Charles

Unfortunately,however,the British mainstream media is deeming Prince Charles and the rest of his ilk in positions of power and perceived genetic royalty as if they are beyond reproach. This approach is typical and to be expected,yet it is also highly ironic considering the fact that such is the same position that the mainstream media took with the allegations against Jimmy Savile  for so many years!

As a result of the Savile affair,mainstream media outlets,particularly the BBC,now have a lot of egg on their faces in the areas of credibility and respect. In short any connections placing Prince Charles in a compromising position regarding his connection with Savile or his potential for sharing a penchant for unnatural relationships with children,is being completely ignored or even possibly officially covered up.

Although Prince Charles’ friendship with Savile allegedly began when the two met in the 1970’s ,during the course of working with children’s wheelchair sports charities,it  is now  well known the extent to which the Prince and the Pedophile were connected appears to go much deeper than the mainstream media let on.

Of course the two having come in contact at a charity event for the disabled is not too far fetched even if it is being reported by corporate outlets. After all, using children’s charities as a hunting ground and cover for his true motives was a notorious method used by Savile who actually lived in children’s homes and hospitals so as to be closer to his victims. This method is by no means specific to Savile however,as many other sexual predators and pedophiles know exactly what areas of society to be involved in and what careers to pursue in order to gain access to their victims. Jerry Sandusky stands out as a perfect example.

Clarence House,Prince Charles’ spokesman,declined to comment on much of the relationship between Savile and Charles,only claiming  that the relationship was mostly a result of their shared interest in supporting disability charities.

Supporting charities indeed!

Of course, Savile was doing much more than supporting disability charities.That is unless one places serial child rape in a much different category than the average person might. Indeed one would not be judged out of place to question whether or not untold numbers of sexually abused children cancels out any financial support that may have been given in the past. Apparently in the view of British Royalty ,it does not.

In fact child molester Savile enjoyed an unbelievable level of access to the Royal family fot the past 40 years.

For instance, in the late 1980’s, Savile was said to have acted as a type of marriage counselor between Charles and Diana,visiting their residence several times. At these visits,Dickie Arbiter,who took care of media relations for the Prince and Princess , between 1988 and 2000, stated that at these visits behavior was uncouth to say the very least.

Arbiter stated:-

He would walk into the office and do the rounds of the young ladies ,taking their hands and rubbing his lips all the way up their arms. If it was summer[and their arms bare],his bottom lip would curl and he would run it up their arms.This was in St.James’s Palace. The women were in mid to late 20’s doing typing and secretarial work.

Not only that,but Savile was brought into the private marital affairs of the Royals once again in order to help the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, in matters which were not disclosed to the public. Savile later claimed he was brought in to help “Fergie” keep her profile down

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Obviously, the relationship between Charles and Savile  went far beyond two men who merely performed charity work for the same organizations.This can be evidenced by the fact that in 1990 Charles even consulted Savile for advice on the appointment of a senior aide for himself and Princess Diana.

The relationship between Charles and Savile, particularly Savile’s access to the Royal Family’s affairs and the respect  which was afforded Savile in this regard has confused many onlookers. After all,Savile was nothing more than a BBC presenter and disc jockey who was well past his prime. Not to mention the fact that Savile was well known as an uncontrollable freak, although many were under the impression that Savile’s television persona was merely part of his schlick.

Yet the clues to the Prince’s friendship with the Pedophile might have more to do with similar interests in entertainment than a mere happenstance relationship. Although the evidence which connects Prince Charles to pedophilia is nowhere near as documented as that of Jimmy Savile,a trail of information certainly seems to be leading in that direction.

At this point, it should be mentioned that although the official line is that Savile and Charles met in the 1970’s as part of  the coincidence of mutual charity work,Savile  himself stated that he was friends with the Royal Family “for a million years”. In fact it was reported that Savile himself stated that he was introduced to the Royals in 1966 byLord Mountbatten,a known pedophile and sexual pervert. In addition to Mountmatten,however,Greg Hallett,in his book ‘Hitler Was A British Agent,also names Prince Phillip as a pedophile.

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BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile & Prince Charlie

In reference to how he became introduced and ingratiated with  the Royal Family Savile stated:-

Coming from Lord Louis, who was the favorite uncle of Prince Philip,that was quite something.So I obviously hooked up with the Prince – what was good enough for Lord Louis was good enough for him.

So already we have Savile,a notorious pedophile,linked to other individuals of the Royal Family named as pedophiles as well. Prince Phillip of course is Prince Charles’ father . Lord Mountbatten is largely considered to be Charles’ mentor

Savile was indeed close to British Royals,as well as other elite, for many years.It seems possible his qualification for such high connections may well have been due to his ability to obtain children for the twisted appetites of those considered to be beyond reproach for the main stream media and,unfortunately,the general public.

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Savile himself seemed to hint at this possibility in an iterview conducted with Esquire where he stated, “The thing about me is I get things done and I work deep cover.”

Savile’s ridiculous TV show (created for the sole purpose of enhancing his access to children) was thus appropriately named,Jim’ll Fix It. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the publixc were completely unaware as to what he was fixing and who he was fixing it for.

Essentially,it has become clear tat Jimmy Savile was a procurer of children,not only for himself but also for wealthy pedophiles across the world,particularly in Britain. Even Savile’s own nephew has recently gone public with information tying Savile to a network of pedophiles and sick sexual parties where children were repeatedly raped. Guy Marsden ,Savile’s nephew stated that the parties were attended by household names in show business.

BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile & Prince Charlie

However,as is being widely reported in the news,Savile’s escapades of pedophilia were by no means limited to parties with the elite of entertainment. Many of his attacks on children  took place in the halls of the hospitals and charities he helped fund and operate,even residing in his own room at these institutions. At this point it is worth noting that Savile and Charles were open supporters of the same charities.

Apparently  Prince Charles and the Pedophile did have some similar tastes,some of which were even reported in the mainstream media. In 1999,after the Prince accepted Savile’s invitation to a private meal at Savile’s home in Glencoe Scotland, Savile had arrangedfor three women to parade around dressed in pinafores,a type of dress without sleeves and an open back,that is often worn over other dresses. Interestingly enough,pinafores were often worn by children.

 

After the dinner,Charles wrote Savile a Christmas Card with a note that read, “Jimmy,with affectionate greetings from Charles. Guive my love to the ladies in Scotland.”

Of course,the mainstream is certain that Charles is referring to the local women brought in for the Royal entertainment. However ,unless the hired help made an exceptional impression on the mind of Charles,one must wonder whether or not these particular ladies are the “ladies” to which Charles refers to in his Christmas message. After all,Jimmy Savile’s Scottish cottage was also the scene of much child abuse as well.

Later, Charles sent Savile a box of cigars and a pair of gold cuff-links on his 80th birthday along with another note that cryptically read, “Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country Jimmy. This is to go some way in thanking you for that.” Fortunately, many are now aware of what Jimmy has done for his country. Clearly,it would be the best if they are given the full story along with it!

This is not likely to happen, however, as global pedophile rings are generally made up of soms of the most elite individuals the world over. This is particularly relevant when it comes to any questions regarding the behaviour of the Royal Prince. At any moment when there is a chance that any information might be leaked that would be damaging to the reputation of the genetic royalty,the documents are sealed,the whistle-blowers are dealt with and the controversy covered up.

 

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BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile awarded an MBE

Some have even speculated that Princess Diana sealed her own fate after possibly threatening to reveal networks of pedophilia within the Royal Family. Indeed,Diana did speak of  “dark forces” and members of an organization that were monitoring her shortly before her untimely death.

For instance,when it appeared that the so-called Black Spider Memos, a series of letters written by Charles to government ministers, would damage the perception of Charles’ impartiality were he to become king,then the memos were immediately blocked by the British government. Indeed it would be extremely interesting to see the contents of the letters, since in reality, the impartiality of the king is truly irrelevant in the grand scheme  of British society and government.

What is particularly interesting is that the letters are being blocked from release now ,as the biggest scandal in British history is unfolding – specifically at a time when one of the main focal points of the scandal,Jimmy Savile was a close friend of the Prince. Even more so,it comes at a time when British government officials are also being implicated in pedophile networks.

For those who may still be under the impression that pedophilia is a crime beyond the capabilities of British politicians,take a look at this partial compilation of British politicians convicted of pedophilia in recent years.

But while the connections between Prince Charles and the Pedophile Jimmy Savile are themselves enough to make one wonder,the fact is that Savile is not the only relationship with a potential pedophile that Charles has maintained.

As reported by the Digital Journal ,the Right Reverend Peter Ball is the most senior member of the Church of England to be arrested for offenses against children. Ball was arrested on eight suspected cases of abuse against boys and young men ranging from ages 12 to 20 during the 1980’s to 1900’s. Ball who was the former Bishop of Gloucester,resigned in 1993 after he was served with a police caution for “committing an act of gross indecency against a teenager”

Upon his resignation,Ball retired to Manor Lodge, “a wisteria-clad property owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.” ..Manor Lodge is a property of the Prince’s Duchy of Cornwall.

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Sexually Abused Boy

In reference to his new living arrangements,Ball stated, “He (Prince Charles) has been wonderfully kind and allowed me to have a duchy house.The Prince is a loyal friend.I have immense admiration for him,he has been through horrific times and is a great person.”

Considering the connections and personal friendships maintained by Prince Charles , one must question whether or not Charles has had some experience in the underworld of pedophilia. At the very least ,the Prince is the absolute worst judge of character who ever lived!

What is also very interesting regarding the people named in these child sex scandals and the scope of the scandals themselves,is that the individuals who have been trying their best to bring this information to light have been ignored and derided for years on end. This has bee n the case whether the individuals were whistle-blowers ,researchers or even victims themselves.

For instance, while much of mainstream Britain has had quite a time laughing at David Icke, suddenly his claims do not seem so fantastic and funny after all. Indeed, it was Icke who mentioned the global cabal of pedophiles and even many of the participants in them by name many years ago. While his voice was scarcely heard above the laughter at the time, he is, at the very least, on the record as having exposed these networks early on. David Icke

As for Icke’s remarks regarding the scandal today, he had this to say on November 7, 2012.

This guy, William Hague, the foreign Secretary, needs to be questioned on why that Welsh inquiry into the massive pedophilia in Welsh children’s homes was given the brief that it did and therefore stopped these kids from talking about what happened to them. And this is the big thing. If the police investigation does not knock on the door of Buckingham Palace over this whole Savile [case] and the wider implications that have followed then it’s a cover up.

Because the British Royal family are fundamentally involved in this right to the top. Right up to the people like Prince Philip and all these other people . . . . . This man [Savile] was an aging sleazy disc jockey, right? And he had complete access to the British Royal family AND they used him as an official go-between [with] Prince Charles and Princess Diana when they were falling out in their marriage. And now it’s come out this week that he was advising Prince Charles on aids to employ. Why is this man so close or was so close to the British Royal Family? The answer to that will bring the British Royal family down.

Considering Icke’s accuracy in terms of information on this particular issue, perhaps it would be wise if those who heard him speak years ago might take him a little more serious the second time around.

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This article was painstakingly reproduced from a blog by Political Vel Craft….and done so instead of using reblog because the headline gets lost in the process………some of the pictures are my own additions ,whilst others are from the original…..the text is mostly original with the odd tiny edit 

 

 

BBC faces huge payout over Jimmy Savile: Victims ‘hold bosses to blame’ for creating monster who abused EIGHTEEN girls under ten and dying child at Great Ormond Street

  •   Savile ‘groomed the nation’ using his celebrity status to avoid capture
  • Many of his offences were on BBC’s premises including the Top of the Pops ‘live’ attack
  • Savile even preyed on a terminally ill child at Great Ormond Street
  • The DJ spent ‘every walking minute’ thinking about abusing children
  • There are 214 confirmed offences including 34 rapes
  • Payouts could run into millions of pounds
  • Woman who was abused by Savile aged 13 tells of anger at ‘missed opportunities’ to snare paedophile
  • By MICHAEL SEAMARK and CHRIS GREENWOOD / Mail Online.
  • The NSPCC's Savile Dossier said the entertainer's abuse 'simply beggared belief'
  • The NSPCC’s Savile Dossier said the entertainer’s abuse ‘simply beggared belief’
  • A shocking report into Jimmy Savile’s six decades of sex abuse left the BBC and NHS open to huge payouts yesterday.

    Many of his 214 known offences were on BBC premises and he even attacked a girl during the last edition of Top of the Pops in 2006.

    The paedophile also preyed on young people at a hospice and 13 hospitals, including a terminally ill child at Great Ormond Street. 

  • The victim, aged 11 or 12, told relatives before dying that Savile had touched them inappropriately.

    The Scotland Yard and NSPCC report said the DJ spent ‘every waking minute’ thinking about abusing children and used his celebrity status to that end. Eighteen girls and ten boys aged under ten were abused – the youngest being a boy of eight targeted at his school.

    Allegations of sexual assault have been made by 450 individuals, aged up to 47, and some have yet to be interviewed.

  • The 214 confirmed offences included 34 rapes and stretch across 28 police force areas. The most recent was in 2009 but they date back as far as 1955.

    Lawyers for the victims have already instigated compensation claims against the BBC, NHS and education authorities for failing to stop the serial predator. The payouts could run into millions of pounds.

    Victims said it was shocking it had taken so long to expose the DJ’s predatory behaviour. They said senior managers who missed opportunities to stop him should be named and shamed.

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    The BBC have said that the 2006 incident on Top of the Pops where Savile is accused of attacking a girl is an unfounded allegation.

    Caroline Moore, who is paralysed, said Savile abused her as a star-struck 13-year-old recovering in the children’s ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1971.

    The 53-year-old, from Glasgow, said: ‘I am still very angry there were so many missed opportunities, not only from producers and managers at the BBC who promoted and protected him, but heads of hospitals and schools that turned a blind eye.

    ‘So many people knew what he was doing, mainly to vulnerable children, and did nothing.

    ‘They need to take a long look at themselves and those senior managers in positions of responsibility should be named and shamed.’

    REPORT REVEALS FURTHER SEX ATTACKS BY SAVILE 

    1960: A 10-year-old boy saw Savile outside a hotel and asked for his autograph. They went into the hotel reception where he was seriously sexually assaulted

    1965: A 14-year-old girl met Savile in a nightclub. She later visited his home and was raped

    1972: A 12-year-old boy and two female friends attended a recording of Top of the Pops. During a break in filming Savile groped his genitals and the breasts of his two friends

    1973: A 16-year-old female hospital patient was befriended by Savile. He led her to an office where he kissed her, touched her inappropriately and then
    subjected her to a sexual assault

    1974: Savile took a 14-year-old schoolgirl for a drive in his car and seriously
    sexually assaulted her

    2009: A 43-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by Savile when he put his hand up her skirt while talking to her on a train journey between Leeds and London

    Kim Anderson, a 19-year-old waitress in a restaurant that many of the DJs and stars of the 70s frequented, was invited on to Savile’s Radio 1 Roadshow bus in 1980.

    He lunged as she sat down on a couch, and she had to fight him off as he tried to kiss and touch her.

    Speaking from her home in France, she said: ‘I do hold the BBC to blame – they created a very powerful man and then let him get away with unspeakable things.

    ‘They gave him a platform for fame and credibility, and when people realised what he was doing, they just turned a blind eye and did nothing.’

    The 37-page report, Giving Victims a Voice, provides detailed findings of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation launched after an ITV documentary exposed Savile’s paedophilia last year.

    Peter Spindler, the Metropolitan Police commander in charge of the inquiry, said Savile had ‘groomed the nation’ and used his celebrity to ‘hide in plain sight’ during his offending.

    As the sheer scale of his depravity was revealed, it emerged that:

    • Savile abused children as recently as 2009;
    • He struck at 14 schools, often using his Jim’ll Fix It postbag to target youngsters;

    • Almost three quarters of his victims were under 18, mostly teenage girls;

    • Police and prosecutors missed three chances to prosecute Savile before he died aged 84;

    • BBC Chairman Lord Patten was accused of blocking a helpline for victims;

    Commander Spindler said: ‘Savile’s offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic. He cannot face justice today, but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims. They have been listened to and taken seriously.’

  • Kevin Cook in the BBC TV studio with Jimmy Savile in 1976. Kevin claims that Jimmy Savile molested him in a dressing room after he appeared on the TV show Jim'll Fix ItA wheelchair-bound Caroline Moore from Clarkston, Glasgow has spoken of her frustration that Jimmy Saville is not alive to face sex attack allegations
  • Kevin Cook in the BBC TV studio with Jimmy Savile in 1976 (left) and Caroline Moore, from Clarkston, Glasgow, who has spoken of her frustration that Jimmy Saville is not alive to face sex attack allegations
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    Findings: Today's report finds victims ranged from eight to 47 years old, including 174 females and 40 males, with 50 attacks taking place at hospitals, 33 at TV or radio studios and 14 at schools

    Findings: Today’s report finds victims ranged from eight to 47 years old, including                                                                            174 females and 40 males, with 50 attacks taking place at hospitals,                                                                                                           33 at TV or radio studios and 14 at schools

    His colleague, Detective Superintendent David Gray, said: ‘Savile spent every minute of every waking day thinking about it [abusing children] and whenever the opportunity came along he took it.

    ‘He was programmed to think about it and act in that way. He only picked the most vulnerable, the ones least likely to speak out against him.’

    Peter Watt, of the NSPCC, said: ‘The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief.

    ‘He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead.

    ‘But with this report we can at least show his victims that they have been taken seriously and their suffering has been recognised.’

    TALKS ON STRIPPING SAVILE OF HIS KNIGHTHOOD FOR FIRST TIME

    The Honours Forfeiture Committee is to discuss the possibility of completely stripping Jimmy Savile of his knighthood even though the honour technically expired when he died – a move that would be a first for the honours system.

    Having a knighthood means someone is the member of an order with a lifetime membership which no longer exists when the person dies.

    Therefore, as Savile is dead, there is nothing to strip him of.

    But amid widespread public revulsion for Savile, it is believed the Honours Forfeiture Committee is looking at this issue again.

    Should the committee decide an honour should be forfeited, the normal procedure is that a recommendation is submitted to the Queen and she makes the final decision.

    The BBC again apologised to those affected, saying: ‘The police report into Jimmy Savile contains shocking revelations. As we have made clear, the BBC is appalled that some of the offences were committed on its premises.

    ‘We would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes. The BBC will continue to work with the police to help them investigate these matters.

    ‘We have also set up the Dame Janet Smith Review to help us understand how these crimes could have been committed and how we can avoid them happening ever again.’

    Savile, who died in October 2011, abused victims at 14 medical sites and the majority of the NHS institutions involved have launched investigations into abuse allegations.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said investigations should look into whether any NHS employee knew what was going on and turned a blind eye to the abuse.

    He told Sky News: ‘We knew when the investigation opened in the autumn that we had a problem in three NHS organisations but today we realise that it’s gone a lot further than that.

    ‘The question we are all asking ourselves is how could this have happened for so long without anyone speaking up?

    ‘Most importantly of all, we need to know whether anything needs to change in the procedures that we have now in the NHS in order to be able to reassure the public that NHS organisations are totally safe.’

    Kim Harrison, from Pannone, a law firm representing around 50 victims, said the damning report was one of the first steps on the way to them getting ‘some kind of justice’.

    Jimmy Savile with female patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The DJ's abuse there and at other institutions have become well known

    Jimmy Savile with female patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The DJ’s abuse there and at other institutions have become well known

    The report is expected to show that large numbers of sexual assaults took place on BBC premises, such as Television Centre where Jim'll Fix It was filmed

    The report shows that large numbers of sexual assaults took place on BBC                                                                           premises, such as Television Centre, where Jim’ll Fix It was filmed

    She said: ‘The sheer scale of what’s happened here and the sheer number of institutions involved will shock everybody, even victims themselves.

    ‘There’s questions to be asked about how he was able to get away with this for so long, who knew about it and who turned a blind eye.’

    Lawyer Liz Dux, from Slater and Gordon, which is representing a similar number, said: ‘For the victims, today is hugely important. It represents the end of chapter one.

    The report is expected to show that large numbers of sexual assaults took place on BBC premises, such as Television Centre where Jim'll Fix It was filmed
    The report is expected to show that large numbers of sexual assaults took place on BBC premises, such as Television Centre where Jim'll Fix It was filmed

    ‘The next stage is for the inquiries to take place as efficiently as possible. The police investigation just looks at the criminal side of things, but the inquiries are important because they look at what was not, or ought to have been, done about Savile.

    ‘That’s important, especially to those who reported something at the time.’ Civil compensation claims for a handful of victims are already under way against the BBC and more claims will be lodged after all the investigations are complete.

    Savile’s £4.3million estate has been frozen in light of the allegations.

    Painful: The Met's investigation has uncovered hundreds of Savile victims but its report says that no organisations were to blame for allowing him to get away with it

    Painful: The Met’s investigation has uncovered hundreds of Savile victims but                                                                                        its report says that no organisations were to blame for allowing him to get away                                                                              with it

    SAVILE ABUSE CLAIMS ‘NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY ENOUGH’

    Alison Levitt

    A chance to convict Jimmy Savile for sex offences against three victims when he was alive was missed because police and prosecutors did not take claims seriously enough.

    Details of a review of the decision not to prosecute Savile in 2009 by Alison Levitt QC (right), legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions (DPP), were disclosed today.

    She found that ‘had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach’ prosecutions could have been possible in relation to three victims.

    Ms Levitt said that there was nothing to suggest the victims had colluded in their stories, or that they were unreliable.

    Police and prosecutors treated their claims ‘with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required’, she said.

    Surrey Police received an allegation in May 2007 that Savile had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Children’s Home in the late 1970s.

    In the investigation that followed, two more allegations emerged – the first that in about 1973 Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

    The second was that in the 1970s Jimmy Savile had suggested to a girl aged about 17, again at Duncroft, that she perform oral sex on him.

    In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early twenties in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.
    Surrey Police consulted with the CPS about all four allegations, and in October 2009 it was decided that no prosecution could be brought because the alleged victims would not support police action.

     

    BRITAIN’S ‘PREDATORY’ PAEDOPHILE: HOW THE SAVILE SCANDAL UNFOLDED

    Jimmy Savile was knighted in 1990 for his charity work

    October 29 2011: Veteran DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile is found dead in his home in Roundhay, Leeds, aged 84. His death came after a spell of pneumonia.

    December 2011: BBC drops Newsnight investigation into his years of sex attacks.

    September 30 2012: It emerges that allegations about Savile will be made in a new ITV documentary, due to be aired on October 3.

    October 1: Surrey Police confirms Savile was interviewed in 2007 over allegations dating back to the 1970s but was released without charge.

    October 2: Jersey and Surrey police both investigated accusations about alleged abuse in two children’s homes, but decided there was not enough evidence to proceed.

    October 7: Prime Minister David Cameron calls for the ‘truly shocking’ allegations to be fully investigated.

    October 9: Scotland Yard reveals they are looking at 120 lines of inquiry and as many as 25 victims and launches Operation Yewtree

    October 11: Allegations emerge that Savile abused children at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire and Leeds General Hospital.

    October 12: Then BBC director general George Entwistle offers a ‘profound and heartfelt apology’ to alleged victims as he announces two inquiries – one into potential failings over the handling of the abandoned Newsnight investigation, and a second into the ‘culture and practices of the BBC during the years Savile worked here’.

    October 19: Scotland Yard announces that Operation Yewtree, the inquiry into alleged child abuse by Savile, is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people.

    October 25: Scotland Yard says it is investigating in excess of 400 lines of inquiry involving 300 victims, of whom all except two are women. Commander Peter Spindler says Savile is one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent history and the inquiry into his abuse will be a “watershed” investigation into sex crime.

    October 26: It emerges that seven alleged victims of Savile made complaints to four separate police forces – Surrey, London, Sussex and Jersey – while the disgraced television presenter was alive, but it was decided no further action should be taken.

    October 28: Former pop star Gary Glitter is arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree.

    November 1: Comedian Freddie Starr is arrested in connection with the Savile abuse investigation. He is released on bail.

    November 11: Former BBC producer Wilfred De’ath is arrested at an address in Cambridge but later insists he was the victim of mistaken identity. BBC director general George Entwistle resigns.

    November 15: Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. Police say the allegations do not directly involve Savile, and are classed under the strand of their investigation termed ‘others’.

    November 29: A man in his 80s, from Berkshire, is arrested and questioned by detectives investigating the Savile abuse scandal after attending police premises in south London by appointment.

    December 6: PR guru Max Clifford is arrested at his Surrey home on suspicion of sexual offences

    December 10: A man in his 60s, from London, is arrested on suspicion of sexual offences

    December 19: Former BBC radio producer Ted Beston, 76, is arrested in London on suspicion of sexual offences and vehemently denies the allegations the following day.

    January 2 2013: Former TV presenter Jim Davidson is arrested but ‘vigorously denies’ allegations of sexual offences made against him by two women. A 53-year-old man is also arrested.

    VIDEO  NSPCC alarmed by Savile’s abuse not being identified sooner

Police warned Savile victim his lawyers would make ‘mincemeat’ of her if she pursued sex claim as QC says CPS and police missed chance to prosecute in 2009

It is a disgusting state of affairs ,when rape or molestation victims are ridiculed and discouraged from registering a complaint ,whilst for some unknown reason,it would appear that the perpetrators are given the full protection of the law.

  • Official report finds police and CPS treated Savile prosecutions ‘with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required’
  • Alison Levitt QC says victims were dissuaded from taking cases to court while the DJ was alive
  • Victim told by Sussex police in 2008 she would be ‘publicly branded a liar and that her name would be all over the newspapers’ but media laws would have ensured she stayed anonymous
  • Savile told police accusations were ‘invented’ and an ‘occupational hazard’ conjured up because he was famous
  • New guidelines to be drawn up by CPS on prosecuting child sex cases
  • Missed: Jimmy Savile could have been prosecuted in 2009 but police and prosecutors were too cautious, a report has found
  • Missed: Jimmy Savile could have been prosecuted in 2009 but police and prosecutors were too cautious, a report has found

A chance to convict Jimmy Savile for sex offences when he was alive was missed because police and prosecutors did not take victims seriously enough, an official report said today.

Details of a review of the decision not to prosecute Savile in 2009 by Alison Levitt QC, legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions, were disclosed today.

Her report was released in tandem with an official police probe into the DJ’s 60 years of abuse that revealed that he raped 34 women and girls and sexually assaulted up to 450, including children as young as eight.

Since the paedophile DJ died in October 2011 aged 84, a staggering 214 official crimes have been recorded by 28 police forces.

In her review Ms Levitt found one alleged victim was told by Sussex police officers that Savile’s lawyers would make ‘mincemeat’ of her in a ‘big London court’ if she pursued her sex assault claim.

In 1970, the Savile fan club member had been groped and forced to touch the DJ’s genitals after he invited her into his camper van after she went to watch Top Of The Pops at BBC Television Centre.

After going to the police in 2008, the woman, known as Ms A, was told by investigating officers that ‘she would be publicly branded a liar and that her name would be all over the newspapers, particularly if she lost the case’, the report says.

Deputy Chief Constable Giles York from Sussex Police said today: ‘We recognise that we could have done better and are committed to honest reflection and learning lessons for the future.’

A statement from Sussex Police went on: ‘We understand the conclusion the DPP has drawn, that our officers may have inadvertently dissuaded the victim from supporting any prosecution. It can be difficult in such circumstances to achieve the balance between supporting and reassuring a victim, whilst providing honest advice about the prosecution process and standard of evidence needed.’

This ‘dissuaded her from pursuing her allegation’, she concluded.

Three offences were also being investigated in 2008 by Surrey Police but they were not continued either.

Ms Levitt said that there was nothing to suggest the victims had colluded in their stories, or that they were unreliable, yet police and prosecutors treated their claims ‘with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required’, she said.

Attack: One victim was told by police that if she pursued her claim Savile's lawyers would make 'mincemeat' of her in court

Attack: One victim was told by police that if she pursued her claim Savile’s lawyers                                                                       would make ‘mincemeat’ of her in court

Surrey Police received an allegation in May 2007 that Savile had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Children’s Home in the late 1970s.

In the investigation that followed, two more allegations emerged – the first that in about 1973 Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The second was that in the 1970s Jimmy Savile had suggested to a girl aged about 17, again at Duncroft, that she perform oral sex on him.

Pledge: Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said today the way sexual abuse is investigated will be changed

Pledge: Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said today the way sexual abuse is investigated will be changed

In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early twenties in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.

Surrey Police consulted with the CPS about all four allegations, and in October 2009 it was decided that no prosecution could be brought because the alleged victims would not support police action.

Ms Levitt found that Surrey Police did not tell each alleged victim that other complaints had been made, Sussex told the complainant that corroboration was needed and the prosecutor did not question why victims would not support court action or seek to build a case.

The victims told Ms Levitt that if they had known that other people were making complaints, they probably would have been prepared to give evidence in court.

Meanwhile her review showed how Savile had simply said that the accusations were just ‘invented’ and an ‘occupational hazard’ for anyone famous like him.

He also said he had a ‘policy’ to sue anyone who printed these accusations, having taken legal action against five papers previously.

‘If this does not disappear then my policy will swing into action’, he told Surrey officers, the report says.

Surrey Police assistant chief constable Jerry Kirkby said: ‘It is important the actions taken by the investigation team are viewed in context. This should take into account what information was known about Jimmy Savile in 2007 and the necessary consideration given by police to the impact of their actions on securing successful court action against him.

‘At the time, there was nothing to suggest the level of offending now being reported on a national scale. In July 2007, Surrey Police used national systems to conduct intelligence checks with every other police force in England and Wales. These checks found no record of any police intelligence or prior allegations relating to Jimmy Savile.’

DPP Keir Starmer said he wanted the case to be ‘a watershed moment’.

‘In my view, these cases do not simply reflect errors of judgment by individual officers or prosecutors on the facts before them,’ he said.

‘If that were the case, they would, in many respects, be easier to deal with. These were errors of judgment by experienced and committed police officers and a prosecuting lawyer acting in good faith and attempting to apply the correct principles. That makes the findings of Ms Levitt’s report more profound and calls for a more robust response.’

'Hazard': Savile, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his camper van, had told police that the allegations aimed at him was just because he was famous and were malicious

‘Hazard’: Savile, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in                                                                                                 his camper van, had told police that the allegations aimed at him was                                                                                         just because he was famous and were malicious

He drew parallels with a damning report on the investigation of a grooming gang in Rochdale.

Mr Starmer said police and prosecutors have approached sex offence allegations ‘with a degree of caution which is not generally justified’.

He said guidance will be drawn up on prosecuting child sexual exploitation cases to underline that ‘the credibility of the complainant’s account has to be seen in its proper context’.

An agreement has been drawn up with the Association of Chief Police Officers that:

  • The approach of police and prosecutors to credibility in sexual assault cases must change, with testing the suspect’s account and actively building cases being treated as importantly as testing the alleged victim’s story.
  • More support should be given to those who make allegations, and the number of times vulnerable victims can be cross-examined in court will be reconsidered.
  • Victims who have made allegations in the past that they feel have not been properly dealt with will have the chance to ask for their cases to be looked at again by joint police and CPS panels.

Mr Starmer also said that information on cases where a complaint has been made but a prosecution cannot be brought will be shared more fully with police and other relevant agencies.

source: Martin Robinson / Mail Online

Two new arrests in Scotland Yard sexual abuse inquiry

Two men in their 50s have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Operation Yewtree was set up in the wake of the allegations made against Jimmy Savile

source BBC News.

Officers from Operation Yewtree – set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal – arrested one man, aged 53, at an address in Hampshire.

The second man, aged 59, was arrested in west London at and taken into custody at a London police station.

Scotland Yard said the arrests were not connected to the allegations made against the late BBC presenter.

The 53-year-old man was arrested at 08:00 GMT and taken into custody locally in Hampshire, the Met said. The other man was arrested at 12:00 GMT.

Operation Yewtree is the Met’s investigation into allegations, some dating back decades, that have arisen since Savile was accused of abuse.

The operation has three strands.

One is looking specifically at the actions of Savile and the second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.

The third strand, under which the two men were arrested on Wednesday, relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Jimmy Savile investigations.

These men are the ninth and tenth to be questioned as part of the police operation.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was a BBC Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of the Jim’ll Fix It show on BBC One. The police say 450 victims have alleged abuse by Savile alone.