It’s been reported today that the BBC has been hit by a fresh paedophile scandal – the broadcasting body was of course heavily criticized in the wake of allegations of child sex abuse that were made against Jimmy Savile – in a report in The Sun which alleges that paedophiles targeted the show’s fans.
The paper states, “PAEDOPHILES working on EastEnders preyed on under-age fans who hung around the set hoping for autographs, police believe.”
A team of specially trained police officers are reportedly investigating a group of “mature adults” who are thought to have been employed by the BBC soap during the 1980s and ’90s…
It’s also believed that areas of the show’s set in Elstree, Hertfordshire, have been searched by police. The paper reports that officers have also visited “cheap hotels” near the studios.
An unnamed insider said, “Arrests are very likely. This is bigger than anyone imagined.”
And of the six-strong Special Operations unit that has reportedly been set up to work full-time on the investigation – it’s thought the officers on the team have been seconded from Child Protection units at Scotland Yard and Herts Police – the source said, “A lot of work has been done over the last few months…
“In today’s cash-strapped times, police only launch Special Ops units if they have enough evidence in the first place.
“A six-strong team is significant and shows how seriously senior officers are taking this.
“Top police bosses have been shocked at what they have unearthed so far and are determined to finish the job.”
However, The Sun adds, “It is not alleged that senior production staff or cast members, either past or present, are suspects or knew of illegal activities.
“And those working on recent series are not under suspicion.”
A BBC spokesman said last night, “The BBC is not aware of this investigation but we take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously.
“We will be approaching the police to ascertain the details and to offer our full co-operation.”
We will of course keep you posted on any further developments, but for now, here’s a reminder of the storm of controversy sparked by the allegations leveled at Savile…