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Savile committed 11 offences in North-East and North Yorkshire
JIMMY Savile’s 54-year reign of sexual abuse has been revealed as it emerged the disgraced TV presenter’s offending spanned the breadth of the country - including 11 offences in the North-East and North Yorkshire.
Branded as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators, Savile’s victims included an eight-year-old boy and a seriously ill teenager.
The DJ now has 214 criminal offences against his name, including 34 rapes.
Presenting the unprecedented findings of a Metropolitan Police and NSPCC joint report, Detective Superintendent David Gray said: “The sheer scale and the severity of his offending is appalling.”
Meanwhile, Britain’s top prosecutor Keir Starmer admitted Savile could have been charged for offences against at least three victims before his death in 2011.
Uncovering the full scale of his depravity, detectives said Savile sexually abused a teenager at a hospice - one of 14 medical sites he used to prey on his victims.
He also committed 14 offences at schools across the country, partly when children had written to him as part of his popular BBC series Jim’ll Fix It.
As the report was published yesterday, councillors in Scarborough revealed they were about to remove Savile from the roll of honour in the resort where he lived for decades.
Savile had a flat overlooking the sea in the town for many years and was buried in the local Woodlands Cemetery when he died in October 2011.
However, his headstone has since been removed and broken up and plans for a statue were quickly dropped as the allegations against him became public.
Local council leader Tom Fox will now be discussing the contents of the Operation Yewtree report - Giving Victims a Voice - with the authority's cross-party group leaders.
He said: "My immediate consideration is that the abhorrence of each and every substantiated allegation is such that a most important responsibility of Scarborough Borough Council is to ensure a motion is presented to our next full council meeting to remove Jimmy Savile's Freedom of the Borough honour and ensure his name is permanently removed from all records of the honour."
He added: "We must also acknowledge the courage of and empathise with Savile's victims and indeed those who were preyed upon by others who came forward to reveal horrendous abuse."
Savile’s victims expressed shock and anger at the length of time it has taken to expose the DJ’s predatory behaviour and that nobody attempted to put an end to the suffering.
But the joint report stops short of pinning any blame on other institutions that may have missed past opportunities to stop Savile.
The Department of Health and BBC are among a number of organisations embroiled in the Savile scandal and which have launched internal investigations into how the entertainer slipped under the radar.
His abuse spanned from 1955 to 2009, covering his entire career at the BBC, and included sexually touching a teenage girl at the final recording of Top of the Pops in 2006.
Savile abused patients at Leeds General Infirmary, where he worked between 1965 and 1995, and committed offences at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1965 and 1988.
He also targeted residents at children’s home Duncroft School between 1970 and 1978.
A total of 450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse against Savile since October, of whom 73 per cent were children at the time of the offences.
The peak of his offending was between 1966 and 1976 when he was aged between 40 and 50, the report said.
It also disclosed that Savile was accused of sexually touching a teenage patient, aged 13 to 16, at Wheatfield hospice in Leeds in 1977.
Scotland Yard officers are investigating the possibility that Savile was part of an informal network of paedophiles.
Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the national investigation into Savile’s abuse, 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.”
Mr Starmer, director of public prosecutions (DPP), said Savile could have been prosecuted in 2009, two years before he died, had police taken victims more seriously.
“I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for the shortcomings in the part played by the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) in these cases. If this report and my apology are to serve their full purpose, then this must be seen as a watershed moment,” he said.
Surrey Police consulted with the CPS about four allegations reported between 2007 and 2008 but it was decided that no prosecution could be brought because the victims would not support police action.
But Alison Levitt QC, legal adviser to the DPP, concluded that had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach charges could have been brought against Savile in relation to three victims.
The police report said it would be naive to view the case as the isolated behaviour of a rogue celebrity, but the context of the 1960s and 1970s should be recognised.
It was an age of different social attitudes and the workings of the criminal justice system at the time would have reflected this, it said.
The BBC said it was appalled that Jimmy Savile preyed on victims on its premises and again apologised to those affected.
“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,” a spokesman said.
Kevin Cook said he was abused by Savile and a second man when he visited BBC studios for Jim’ll Fix It as a nine-year-old scout in the mid-seventies.
He told Radio 5 live: “I’m shocked by the amount and the time it’s gone on and the amount that’s gone on. I’m lost for words.”
Paralysed Caroline Moore, now in her fifties and who previously claimed Savile abused her at Stoke Mandeville in 1971, said: “I’m absolutely furious that he was able to do what he did.”
Peter Watt, director of child protection advice and awareness at NSPCC, said Savile was one of the most prolific sex offenders the NSPCC had dealt with in its 129-year history.
“It’s clear Savile cunningly built his entire life into gaining access to vulnerable children. The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief,” he said.