'Savile groomed the nation': Official police report into DJ's 60 years of abuse reveals that he raped 34 women and girls and sexually assaulted up to 450
Met officer in charge of investigation Peter Spindler says Savile targeted victims in almost every part of Britain
Scotland Yard say he must have spent 'every minute of every waking day' thinking about abusing children
Today's 'Giving Victims a Voice' report was jointly written by police and the NSPCCSavile was 'without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across', they say
approximately 600 people
have come forward to provide information to the investigative team.The total number of these relating to Savile is 450.
The significant difference between the number of crime reports and the number of people
who have come forward is due to some people wishing to remain anonymous and others who don’t wish the matter to be reported as a crime or are unable to remember sufficient detail.
There are 34 rapes and 126
indecent acts, the police and NSPCC report said, and of his victims,
73 per cent were children, with the total victim age range between eight
and 47 years old at the time.
Peter Spindler, head of the Met's Specialist Crime Investigations unit, said: 'It paints a stark picture emphasising the tragic
consequences of when vulnerability and power collide.
'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
'We must use the learning from these shocking events to
prevent other children and vulnerable adults being abused in the future. They
will get a voice.'
Jimmy Savile with female patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The DJ's abuse there and at other institutions have become well known
Findings: Today's report finds victims ranged from eight to 47 years old, including 174 females and 40 males, with 50 attacks taking place at hospitals, 33 at TV or radio studios and 14 at schools
The report states that a large amount of the abuse
happened at BBC buildings, including Television Centre in London, where
Jim'll Fix it was filmed – between 1965 and 2006 – including an attack during the filming of the last Top Of The Pops.
VICTIMS REVEAL DISGUSTING SEX ATTACKS BY SAVILE IN THE REPORT
A 10-year-old boy saw Savile outside a hotel and asked for his
autograph. They went into the hotel reception where he was seriously
1965: A 14-year-old girl met Savile in a nightclub. She later visited his home and was raped
12-year-old boy and two female friends attended a recording of Top of
the Pops. During a break in filming Savile groped his genitals and the
breasts of his two friends
A 16-year-old female hospital patient was befriended by Savile. He led
her to an office where he kissed her, touched her inappropriately and
subjected her to a sexual assault
1974: Savile took a 14-year-old schoolgirl for a drive in his car and seriously
sexually assaulted her
A 43-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by Savile when he put his
hand up her skirt while talking to her on a train journey between Leeds
Some were inside studios, others his dressing room and in his camper van in car-park.
Jimmy Savile gained access to vulnerable children and adults at hospitals using his growing celebrity status and also abused school children after pupils wrote to him with Jim'll Fix It letters.
But the joint report stopped short of pinning any blame on other institutions that may have 'missed past opportunities' to stop Savile.
Downing Street said all the organisations where he attacked victims needed to investigate properly the latest 'appalling' allegations.
'The Prime Minister's view of this is that it is absolutely right that every institution involved gets to the bottom of what has gone on,' David Cameron's official spokesman said.
The BBC today said it was 'appalled' that some of the offences 'were committed on its premises', adding that it 'would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes'.
Peter Watt, NSPCC Director of Child Protection Advice and
Awareness, who co-authored the report with the Detective Superintendent David
Gray, Operation Yewtree's Senior Investigating Officer, said that the scale of
Savile's abuse 'simply beggared belief.'
'Savile was 'without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across,' he said.
'We know from the huge increase in calls to the
NSPCC helpline about sexual abuse that the problem did not die with
Savile,' said Mr Watt.
'Since the Savile scandal broke we have seen a surge
in contacts about child abuse, both past and present, with many victims
speaking out for the first time.
'Almost 800 additional children have been protected
from abuse because of the publicity around this case prompted people to contact
our helpline. We are optimistic that this signals a watershed moment for child
protection in this country. We must seize the opportunity if we are to make a
Savile's offences also involve the period when he worked at Leeds General Infirmary as a porter between 1965 and 1995.
SAVILE ABUSE CLAIMS 'NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY ENOUGH'
A chance to convict Jimmy Savile for sex offences against three victims when he was alive was missed because police and prosecutors did not take claims seriously enough.
Details of a review of the decision not to prosecute Savile in 2009 by Alison Levitt QC (above), legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions (DPP), were disclosed today.
She found that 'had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach' prosecutions could have been possible in relation to three victims.
Ms Levitt said that there was nothing to suggest the victims had colluded in their stories, or that they were unreliable.
Police and prosecutors treated their claims 'with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required', she said.
Surrey Police received an allegation in May 2007 that Savile had sexually assaulted a teenage girl at Duncroft Children’s Home in the late 1970s.
In the investigation that followed, two more allegations emerged – the first that in about 1973 Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted a girl aged about 14 outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The second was that in the 1970s Jimmy Savile had suggested to a girl aged about 17, again at Duncroft, that she perform oral sex on him.
In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early twenties in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.
Surrey Police consulted with the CPS about all four allegations, and in October 2009 it was decided that no prosecution could be brought because the alleged victims would not support police action.
Abuse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital took place between 1965 and 1988,
while at Duncroft School, a children's home, the allegations cover a
period between 1970 and 1978.
'There is no clear evidence of Savile operating within a paedophile ring although whether he was part of an informal network is part of the continuing investigation,' the report says.
'At Leeds General Infirmary, Broadmoor Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital he was taken at face value as a volunteer and fundraiser, probably because of his growing celebrity status,' the report states.
'Having been accepted at these institutions he gained access to vulnerable children and adults.'
Savile is reported to have committed offences at hospitals around Britain, including one reported case at the famous children's hospital Great Ormond Street in 1971.
A hospital spokeswoman said: 'The contents of this report are clearly extremely distressing for all those involved.
'In regards to the allegation made in connection with our organisation, we were made aware of this by the Metropolitan Police very recently. It relates to an incident in the early 1970s.
'The police have said that they do not intend to investigate further.'
Detective Superintendent David Gray, from the Met's paedophile unit, said Savile must have thought about his sex offending 'every minute of every waking day'.
Savile has also
been accused of committing offences at Saxondale Mental Health Hospital
in Nottinghamshire and High Royds Psychiatric Hospital in Leeds.
He is alleged to
have committed one offence at each of the hospitals, which have both
since closed, in 1971 and 1989 respectively.
A victim has also come forward to say they were abused at Ashworth Hospital High Secure Unit in 1971, according to the report.
is alleged to have taken place at Wheatfield hospice in Leeds in 1977.
The hospice is run by care provider Sue Ryder.
Patients at four psychiatric hospitals, including Broadmoor, have come forward to report incidents.
Savile had his own set of keys to Broadmoor, in Berkshire. He also had an office and flat outside the main building. He has been accused of committing one offence there in 1991.
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is leading an investigation into one offence which is alleged to have taken place at Exeter Hospital in 1970.
Meanwhile, another offence is said to have taken place at St Catherine's Hospital in Birkenhead in 1964
One offence is alleged to have taken place at Portsmouth Royal Hospital, which has since closed, in 1968. Another is said to have taken place at Wycombe General Hospital, which is run by the same trust at Stoke Mandeville.
In 1969, another alleged offence took place at Dewsbury Hospital in West Yorkshire.
The DJ was 'clever enough' to pick on the most vulnerable victims so that they would not speak out.
Allegations against him include 14 offences relating to schools across the country, partly when children had written to him as part of Jim'll Fix It.
Mr Gray said: 'Much as I think Savile could turn up at a hospital and expect to be given a warm welcome, he went to a number of schools because children had written to him.
'His peak offending came with the peak of his success.'
The report shows that large numbers of sexual assaults took place on BBC premises, such as Television Centre, where Jim'll Fix It was filmed
Mr Gray said there was no evidence to suggest that he was part of a paedophile ring, but he might have been part of 'an informal network' of abusers.
Savile died in October 2011, aged 84, a year before a documentary alleging the abuse was broadcast on ITV1.
The programme prompted hundreds of people to come forward with claims about decades of abuse.
As many of his attacks were in
hospitals, particularly in Yorksire, they have launched their own
investigations into how he got away with it.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals said it
would look into any complaints made to police about incidents at Leeds
General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital, where Savile
worked as a volunteer and fundraiser.
It said it would also investigate information given directly to the Trust about this 'extremely distressing subject'.
A spokesman for the Leeds Teaching
Hospitals NHS Trust said: 'In early December, the Trust published the
terms of reference for its internal investigation into matters relating
to Jimmy Savile's long-standing involvement with the Leeds Teaching
Hospitals as a volunteer and fundraiser.
'This will be a thorough and detailed
piece of work and will be carried out in conjunction with parallel
investigations by the Department of Health and other NHS trusts. Work is
now under way and we expect our report will be ready towards the end of
'As part of this work our panel will look at approaches from people who have contacted the Trust directly to share information on this extremely distressing subject.
'The panel will also examine in detail any information the police pass to us about incidents reported to them at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital.'
Victims of the abuse hope the publication of the report with help close bring them justice.
Liz Dux, from Slater and Gordon Solicitors, who is representing many of the victims, told BBC News: 'Operation Yewtree has given them validity.
'For many of them they have been able to give their statement for the first time in circumstances where they have been dealt with sensitively and they have been believed.
'This has been a very cathartic process for them. Now that the report is out they hope that they can move on to the inquiries, hope that the inquiries are dealt with as swiftly as possible, and that the civil claims will be concluded and that they can get on with the rest of their lives.'
The investigation has been separated into three strands: allegations involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.
So far detectives working on the inquiry, called Operation Yewtree, have questioned ten people, including comedians Jim Davidson and Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and PR guru Max Clifford. They all deny any wrongdoing.
Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that it had received a file on a man in his 60s from police.
Operation Yewtree officers handed a full file of evidence to the CPS last month on a man from London arrested on December 10 on suspicion of sexual offences.
And the CPS confirmed it is now giving investigative advice on a total of four other people who have been interviewed: a man in his 60s from Surrey, a man in his 80s from Berkshire, a man in his 70s from London, and most recently a man in his 60s from Warwickshire.
The NSPCC reported a surge in calls after the publicity surrounding claims against Savile, believed to be the most prolific sex offender police have ever dealt with.
BRITAIN'S 'PREDATORY' PAEDOPHILE: HOW THE SAVILE SCANDAL UNFOLDED
October 29 2011: Veteran DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile is found dead in his home in Roundhay, Leeds, aged 84. His death came after a spell of pneumonia.
December 2011: BBC drops Newsnight investigation into his years of sex attacks.
September 30 2012: It emerges that allegations about Savile will be made in a new ITV documentary, due to be aired on October 3.
October 1: Surrey Police confirms Savile was interviewed in 2007 over allegations dating back to the 1970s but was released without charge.
October 2: Jersey and Surrey police both investigated accusations about alleged abuse in two children’s homes, but decided there was not enough evidence to proceed.
October 7: Prime Minister David Cameron calls for the 'truly shocking' allegations to be fully investigated.
October 9: Scotland Yard reveals they are looking at 120 lines of inquiry and as many as 25 victims and launches Operation Yewtree
October 11: Allegations emerge that Savile abused children at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire and Leeds General Hospital.
October 12: Then BBC director general George Entwistle offers a 'profound and heartfelt apology' to alleged victims as he announces two inquiries – one into potential failings over the handling of the abandoned Newsnight investigation, and a second into the 'culture and practices of the BBC during the years Savile worked here'.
October 19: Scotland Yard announces that Operation Yewtree, the inquiry into alleged child abuse by Savile, is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people.
October 25: Scotland Yard says it is investigating in excess of 400 lines of inquiry involving 300 victims, of whom all except two are women. Commander Peter Spindler says Savile is one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent history and the inquiry into his abuse will be a “watershed” investigation into sex crime.
October 26: It emerges that seven alleged victims of Savile made complaints to four separate police forces – Surrey, London, Sussex and Jersey – while the disgraced television presenter was alive, but it was decided no further action should be taken.
October 28: Former pop star Gary Glitter is arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree.
November 1: Comedian Freddie Starr is arrested in connection with the Savile abuse investigation. He is released on bail.
November 11: Former BBC producer Wilfred De’ath is arrested at an address in Cambridge but later insists he was the victim of mistaken identity. BBC director general George Entwistle resigns.
November 15: Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. Police say the allegations do not directly involve Savile, and are classed under the strand of their investigation termed 'others'.
November 29: A man in his 80s, from Berkshire, is arrested and questioned by detectives investigating the Savile abuse scandal after attending police premises in south London by appointment.
December 6: PR guru Max Clifford is arrested at his Surrey home on suspicion of sexual offences
December 10: A man in his 60s, from London, is arrested on suspicion of sexual offences
December 19: Former BBC radio producer Ted Beston, 76, is arrested in London on suspicion of sexual offences and vehemently denies the allegations the following day.
January 2 2013: Former TV presenter Jim Davidson is arrested but 'vigorously denies' allegations of sexual offences made against him by two women. A 53-year-old man is also arrested.