- 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’
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.
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
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 (left) and Caroline Moore, from Clarkston, Glasgow, who has spoken of her frustration that Jimmy Saville is not alive to face sex attack allegations
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.’
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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’.
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 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.
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VIDEO NSPCC alarmed by Savile’s abuse not being identified sooner
Jimmy Savile is at the centre of sexual abuse allegations. Photograph: Getty Images