It seems that every day now there is more to add to the case against Jimmy Savile, and those who protected him and his paedophilic behaviour for the best part of half a century, but it doesn’t get any easier to read, or write!
The latest information to emerge in this controversial and widely publicised case are reports that the police had seven separate chances to intervene and stop Jimmy Savile’s alleged child abuse, while he was still alive, so the Sun newspaper reports.
Last week Scotland Yard, who formally took over the investigation following the recent ITV Exposure documentary featuring statements from alleged victims and witnesses in the case, has said that they had no record of any previous complaints against the late TV presenter.
However, according to the publication, they have now confessed that a victim contacted them in the 1980s, as did another woman in 2003.
Met Police Commander Peter Spindler also revealed that around 300 victims had now come forward in the past three weeks, including two men, and that the team investigating the alleged abuse was now pursuing around 400 separate lines of inquiry in total, as well as commenting that the scale of the investigation was “staggering”.
Revealed in these lines of enquiries are also several claims that Savile had an accomplice, thought to be another top BBC personality, to which Mr Spindler commented that his team were preparing to make arrests, issuing the stern warning: “We will come for them.”
According to the Sun, the seven pervious investigations into Savile’s behaviour following similar claims as those presently being investigated were:
1. In 1980s, indecent assault of girl in his caravan at the BBC TV Centre in West London.
2. In 2003, inappropriate touching dating back to the 1970s.
3. In 2007, indecent assault of girl under 16 at Duncroft approved school, Staines, Surrey, in 1970s.
4. Indecent assault of girl under 16 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks, in 1973.
5. Incitement to engage a girl under 16 in a sexual act at Duncroft in late 1970s.
6. Indecent assault on an adult in Sussex in 1970.
7. In 2008, abuse of boy aged ten at Jersey’s Haut de la Garenne children’s home in 1970s.
All of these cases were dropped due to a lack of evidence, and the fact that the victims were unwilling to pursue the matter, so the police reportedly claim.
To make matters even worse, Scotland Yard admitted yesterday that the file on the assault in his caravan at the BBC could not be found.
This is the latest in a long line of failings on the part of so many institutes, corporations and high-end people, some of which are currently also under investigation for covering up the scandal and turning a blind eye to Savile’s behaviour whilst it was taking place, and for allowing the Jim’ll Fix It Star to carry on, without a stain on his reputation, for over 50 years.
Last night the Business Secretary Vince Cable criticised the CPS on the BBC’s Question Time, for failing to bring a case against Savile before his death last November, saying: “The real scandal is why was it that in 2009 when he was still alive, the CPS had a lot of evidence… and yet didn’t prosecute.”
Reports in the Sun today reveal that an officer near the BBC studios had warned Savile to stay away from young girls, following a complaint he had received in the 80’s, which Scotland Yard were unable to confirm yesterday.
Commander Spindler, who is leading Operation Yewtree into Savile, said it was a “watershed” moment in the investigation of child abuse, adding that “the boil had been lanced” on what is thought to be up to 60 years’ worth of abuse.
Out of the 300 complainants, 130 have already been spoken to and 114 crimes of sexual assault and serious assault recorded.
Mr Spindler added: “It is quite staggering the number of women.
“The vast majority are about Savile but there are others. We are preparing an arrest strategy.”
He went on to say how Savile was undoubtedly one of the most prolific sex offenders he had come across and the evidence against him overwhelming, as well as warning the other people who have been named as Savile’s accomplice’s: “I really do want them to take heed, and tell them that we will come for them.”