Jimmy Savile sexual abuse claims ‘date to 1959 and
include 60 victims’
Allegations that Jimmy Savile sexually abused teenagers date back to 1959 and include around 60 victims, according to the Metropolitan police.
The force is coordinating a nationwide investigation into claims the late DJ and television presenter molested vulnerable youngsters, including hospital patients, residents of a children’s home and pupils at an approved school.
Information about Savile’s criminal behaviour has flooded in from the public since ITV aired a documentary in which five women claimed the star had abused them when they were under 16.
Commander Peter Spindler, head of the Met’s specialist crime investigations, revealed the accusations spanned a greater period of time than had been previously thought.
‘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,’ he said.
‘Having now had the opportunity to review progress one week on I have revised my estimate of the number of likely victims to be about 60.’
The BBC has come under fire for not doing anything to stop the behaviour of the Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It presenter, who died in 2011.
George Entwistle, the broadcaster’s director general, has promised to hold an inquiry into whether the culture within the BBC allowed Savile to get away with his crimes, but it will not start until the police investigation is over.
The Department of Health has also announced a probe into the decision to appoint Savile as the head of a taskforce in charge of Broadmoor Hospital in 1988.