Decades of abuse
LONDON — Children as young as eight were abused by Jimmy Savile, a report detailing 50 years of allegations has revealed.
The Met Police and NSPCC outlined offences at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street in London and Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, the report said.
The CPS apologised for missing the opportunity to prosecute Savile in 2009, while he was still alive.
Police said the victims’ accounts painted a “compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender,” and Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the abuse probe, said Savile had “groomed the nation”.
David Cameron’s official spokesman said it was “absolutely right that every institution involved gets to the bottom of what has gone on”.
The former BBC presenter and Radio 1 DJ died aged 84 in October 2011, a year before the allegations emerged in an ITV documentary.
Revelations that Savile had sexually abused children prompted hundreds of victims to come forward, including those who said they were attacked on BBC premises and a number of other institutions.
In response to the report, the BBC said it was “appalled” some of the offences were committed on its premises and restated a “sincere apology to the victims of these crimes”.
The Giving Victims a Voice report set out the findings of Operation Yewtree, which launched three months ago to investigate the Savile abuse claims.
The 30-page document detailed a number of findings, including:
* Savile offended at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, with one offence recorded at Wheatfields Hospice in 1977;
* A total of 14 offences were recorded in relation to schools;
* Savile’s youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy, and the oldest was 47;
* The earliest allegation is from 1955 in Manchester and the last is from 2009;
* Offences were carried out at the BBC between 1965 and 2006, including at the last Top of the Pops recording;
* Peak offending took place between 1966 and 1976;
* A total of 450 people have made sexual abuse allegations against Savile since October – of whom 73 per cent of victims were under 18, with most aged 13 to 16. (BBC)