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Jimmy Savile detectives investigating 31 rape claims against DJ as police are approached by 450 alleged victims
Unprecedented number of allegations against one individual
80 per cent of those reporting abuse to Operation Yewtree are childrenSeven suspects detained in London
and three elsewhere in the countryFreddie
Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis among the famous names questionedPolice have seen a four-fold increase in
the reporting of unrelated child abuse and sexual offences following the allegations in October
03:54 GMT, 13 December 2012
A total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Jimmy Savile, police revealed yesterday.
Detectives said they had received 199 complaints of sex attacks against the late BBC star from 450 different people.
Savile is said to have carried out the attacks in 17 police force areas.
Twisted: The late BBC DJ is a suspect in 199 crimes under investigation by Operation Yewtree, of which 31 are rape
Detectives said that 589 complainants –
the majority of which were young girls at the times of the alleged
attacks – had contacted police as part of a wider inquiry into sexual
attacks carried out by Savile and others.
Commander Peter Spindler said a report
into Savile's crimes will be published in the New Year. He said: 'These
levels of reporting of sexual abuse against a single individual are
Meanwhile, an inquiry is under way
into allegations of a paedophile ring at the top of British society,
Scotland Yard confirmed last night.
Detectives are examining claims
senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and escaped justice
because of their powerful connections.
The investigation, codenamed Operation
Fairbank, has been operating in secret since the claims were first made
by MP Tom Watson in October.
First arrest: Former pop star Gary Glitter, 68, was re-bailed today after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in child abuse
Scotland Yard has arrested six men
and questioned a seventh since complaints against Savile and other TV
personalities were triggered by a TV documentary.
Among those interviewed are PR
consultant Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and
paedophile Gary Glitter. They all deny any wrongdoing
Savile, who died last year aged 84, is
now accused of being one of the most prolific sex attackers and
paedophiles in modern history.
He told MPs that police should
investigate claims of a 'powerful paedophile ring' linked to Parliament.
Police stressed the operation is a 'scoping exercise' rather than a
full inquiry, but sources said arrests could be made within weeks.
A raft of inquiries have been launched since the scandal unfolded, including three BBC reviews.
A Department of Health investigation
is looking at Savile's activities at Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville
Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.
Other inquiries include the director
of public prosecutions' review into the decision not to prosecute the DJ
and TV presenter in 2009.
Far reaching investigation: PR guru Max Clifford (pictured) was among several other high-profile names to have been questioned, along with comedian Freddie Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis
Ex-BBC producer Wilfred De'ath, left, is thought to have been detained, as was comedian Freddie Starr, right
Anyone with information or concerns they would like to raise should contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.