Jimmy Savile's 'reign of abuse', energy 'sharks' and Glastonbury glamour

The full extent of DJ Jimmy Savile's abuse of patients in NHS hospitals is outlined in Friday's newspapers.

Dozens of victims, aged between five and 75, were assaulted in 28 hospitals, reports the Guardian in its summary of investigators' reports into the late entertainer's activities.

"Jimmy Savile spared no-one in the half a century he manipulated his way into hospitals before abusing and raping staff, patients and visitors," is how Paul Gallacher sums things up, in the Independent.

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Several papers report the victims' individual accounts of the assaults, with the Times describing a rape in Savile's campervan, a repeat victim deliberately injuring herself to avoid meeting him and a patient abused in a lift while rendered immobile by a back injury.

As the Sun points out, there are suggestions he interfered with bodies in hospital morgues, including by taking false eyes from the dead and making them into jewellery. It uses a photograph of him wearing a ring which would appear to back up the claim.

The Daily Mirror says more still could be uncovered, reporting: "Police have also launched an investigation into shock claims the former DJ was involved in the death of a child who he was allegedly spotted dragging away at a children's home."

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised to victims on behalf of the government and NHS but the Daily Telegraph's Michael Deacon argues: "It's hard to see what worth there is in an apology from someone not remotely to blame for what happened. Apologies must come from those who owe them."

The sketchwriter says: "The point is that Jimmy Savile committed crimes, and some people helped or protected him."

"Often the encounters took place in public areas. Patients complained to staff. Yet, inexplicably, nothing was done," writes the Guardian's Randeep Ramesh. "The hospitals Savile volunteered for, and for which he raised millions of pounds, were apparently aware that they were harbouring a serial predator. But it seems they were more concerned with raising their media profile or pulling in donations."

The Daily Mail says his £3.3m estate will be used to pay compensation to victims but that such is the number of people affected that the taxpayer may have to foot the remainder of the bill if it tops that sum.


Positive energy?

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The announcement that regulator Ofgem is to investigate the energy market puts the price of power back on the front pages, with the Daily Mail pointing out that firms expect to make £101 profit a year from every family.

That amounts to a 1,000% increase in profit in just five years, the paper says. Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror highlights the rise in profit margins in the past year. It says they've shot up 260%. Its business editor Graham Hiscott says the probe is "long overdue" but warns: "It also allows the issue to be kicked into the long grass... That means another two winters when bills could soar, millions battle to make ends meet, and, in the worst scenario, die in their homes, as the suppliers fatten their coffers."

The Independent is in more optimistic mood, however, declaring Britain to be "in the midst of a green energy revolution" when reporting official statistics suggesting combined wind, solar and hydro energy generation has soared by 43% to account for a fifth of production. "Increased capacity and falling prices offer hope for a non-fossil-fuel future," it says.

However, the Daily Telegraph reminds readers it's not all good news in the renewable energy sector. It points to a National Audit Office report suggesting that "energy companies are likely to reap hundreds of millions of pounds in excess profits after ministers failed to ensure good value when awarding £16.6bn in green subsidies".

Ministers signed contracts with companies to build five offshore wind farms, convert two coal power plants to burn biomass and construct one new biomass plant without putting them out to tender so as to stay on course for green energy generation targets, it explains. But they will add £11 to every consumer's bill by 2020, the paper reports.


'Muddy moshpit'

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The main acts are yet to take to the stage at Glastonbury Festival but it's already generating plenty of excitement in the press.

Along with the usual predictions of the rain creating a "muddy moshpit", as the Metro puts it, there is much excitement at glamour on show at Worthy Farm. "Music? We're at Glasto for the facials," is how the Mail describes beauty-conscious revellers trying to look their best.

"The girls at Glastonbury are more likely to be slapping [mud] on their faces than wading through it," the paper reports. Meanwhile, columnist Jan Moir is full of admiration for two Scouse girls who still "managed to look lovely" despite sticking their hair in rollers the moment they'd pitched the tent.

The trend for looking good leaves welly-seller Herbie Needham chuckling, as he counts the proceeds from the couple of hundred raincoats and pairs of boots he's already sold. He tells the Times's Billy Kenber: "These days everyone wears expensive clothes and trainers. They come here from the cities and they are in a field in the countryside and they're not prepared. Everyone knows it was going to hammer down."

Another trader making hay whether the sun shines or not is Hamish Skermer. He tells the Independent how his firm has installed 1,000 chemical-free composting toilets across the festival site. Using sawdust to break down waste to be spread on Glastonbury's fields, the toilets are reported to lack the "chemical stink" of plastic portable alternatives and are painted with vivid artworks.

Another eye-catching installation is Banksy's Sirens of the Lambs which, the Guardian reports, "may make the festival's 177,000 campers think twice about their gourmet hamburgers - it is a delivery truck filled with about 200 shrieking, animated stuffed toys hanging out of the side as they are driven to slaughter".

The Daily Star is sparing a thought for Dolly Parton, who will perform at the festival for the first time on Sunday. She had to fork out £210 for her own ticket, it says.

Meanwhile, in a reference to recent health warnings, Telegraph cartoonist Matt sketches a mother seeing her festival-bound daughter off with the advice: "Be careful. I've heard these music festivals are rife with fruit juices and sugary drinks."


No allies?

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As David Cameron tries to block Jean-Claude Juncker's bid to become European Commission president, the Daily Telegraph reports that others in Brussels harbour doubts about the former Luxembourg PM's suitability. Its sources suggests the man whose appointment has been publicly backed by leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel has a drink problem, something that's reportedly denied by a figure "close" to Mr Juncker.

However, the cartoonists still don't fancy Mr Cameron's chances of winning the argument. A day after European leaders attended a ceremony marking the centenary of World War One in Ypres, the Daily Telegraph's Adams imagines the British PM as a Tommy standing alone, bayonet fixed, in No Man's Land.

In similar vein, the Independent's Dave Brown reimagines David Low's famous WW2 "Very Well, Alone" cartoon, of a soldier on Britain's shores shaking his fist at enemy bombers. Instead, he has Mr Cameron, standing naked and preserving his dignity with Margaret Thatcher's handbag, fist raised at gold planes in the formation of the EU flag.

Meanwhile, the Times's Peter Brookes has the PM "in a tight spot" - namely between the bared butt cheeks of Chancellor Merkel - in a reworking of the Athena Tennis Girl poster. Still, according to the Financial Times, Mrs Merkel has been working to limit the fallout from the dispute, urging fellow leaders "not to push the UK prime minister further to the margins of the EU".

The Daily Mirror has little sympathy for the PM's predicament. "If Cameron loses he has only himself to blame. He failed to build alliances," it argues. Times Europe editor Charles Bremner agrees that: "Mr Cameron's blunder was to opt for a shoot-out with guns blazing against the unassuming Luxembourger last month, rather than seek allies to oppose the selection method on principle."

However, Spectator editor Fraser Nelson writes in the Telegraph that most of the leaders voting for Mr Juncker regard him as "fairly useless" and that Mr Cameron is the only one with the "courage to take on Europe".

While the PM has been copping some flak, the Sun says Labour leader Ed Miliband - who also opposes Mr Juncker's appointment - isn't getting away from the argument unscathed. His predecessor Gordon Brown's suggestion that an immediate referendum on EU membership might be the best thing for the UK "piled pressure" on the embattled party leader, who has rejected calls for a poll, the paper says.


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