Day's events: Jimmy Savile report

Key Points

  • A joint police/NSPCC report into Jimmy Savile says he was "a prolific, predatory sex offender" who abused adults and children on an unprecedented scale over six decades.
  • The allegations date from 1955 in Manchester, with the last allegation dating to 2009. One victim was eight years old.
  • Director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer apologises for the CPS' "shortcomings" in handling the Savile abuse claims.
  • Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, police say.
  • Commander Peter Spindler of the Met police: Savile "groomed the nation".
  • Department of Health: Report "highlights the shocking scale of offending by Jimmy Savile over five decades and shows the need to learn lessons from his crimes".

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  1.  
    0934:

    Good morning and welcome to this live page for the release of a report, called Giving Victims a Voice, into the scale of sexual offending carried out by TV entertainer Jimmy Savile. The joint report, compiled by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC, will be published at 10:00 GMT.

     
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    0934:

    Giving Victims a Voice will set out what Scotland Yard and the NSPCC have discovered about Jimmy Savile since they launched the inquiry - Operation Yewtree - three months ago. The publication of the report marks the end of the police investigation into allegations that concern Savile alone.

     
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  4.  
    0936:

    The allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile date back many years and cover a range of locations around the country. This Q&A explains the key points of the Savile abuse story and this special report covers the story and surrounding issues in more depth.

     
  5.  
    0938:

    The Metropolitan Police launched a "formal criminal investigation" into Savile's alleged offences on 19 October 2012. Since the scandal became public , 589 people have come forward with information, with a total of 450 complaints made against Savile himself.

     
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    0941:

    Surrey Police are also publishing a report today on its handling of their 2007 investigation into Jimmy Savile. We'll learn more about the findings at 10:00 GMT - at the same time as the Met and NSPCC publish their report.

     
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    0947:

    And the Crown Prosecution Service is publishing their review at 10:00 GMT into how police and prosecutors handled several abuse claims made against Savile.

     
  8.  
    0950:

    The allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile date back many years and cover a range of locations around the country. This Q&A explains the key points of the Savile abuse story and this special report covers the story and surrounding issues in more depth.

     
  9.  
    1000: Breaking News

    The report says the accounts of victims paints a "compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender". It also says there were 214 crimes recorded across 28 police force areas, which include 34 of rape and/or penetration.

     
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    1000:

    The earliest allegations against Savile date from 1955 in Manchester, with the last allegation dating to 2009. Such allegations were mainly in Leeds and London. There are also reports of offences at BBC between 1965 and 2006, including at the last recording of the Top of the Pops television show.

     
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    1000:

    The report says Savile's peak offending period came between 1966 and 1976, and that 73% of his victims were under 18. The youngest was eight and oldest 47. Of these victims, 82% were female and most aged 13 to 16.

     
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    1001:

    The report says there is "no clear evidence" Savile operated in a paedophile ring, although an investigation is still going on as to "whether he was part of an informal network".

     
  13.  
    1002: Breaking News

    Savile is said to have offended at 13 hospitals including Great Ormond Street in London, and one offence was recorded at Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds in 1977.

     
  14.  
    1003:

    A review by the Crown Prosecution Service, just published, has concluded that Jimmy Savile could have been prosecuted while he was alive over three allegations of sexual offences if the police and prosecutors had taken a "different approach".

     
  15.  
    1004:

    Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said a review by his principal legal adviser, Alison Levitt QC, found no "improper motive" on the part of police or prosecutors in deciding not to charge Savile but that the alleged victims were treated with a "degree of caution which was neither justified nor required".

     
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    1004:

    The CPS had decided in 2009 not to charge the late TV presenter over claims that he sexually assaulted two young teenage girls at Duncroft Children's Home and outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital, made inappropriate comments to a 17-year-old girl at Duncroft, and sexually assaulted a woman in Sussex.

     
  17.  
    1006: Breaking News

    Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer apologises for the CPS' "shortcomings" in handling the Savile abuse claims. He says had most of the victims been given more information by police and told that they were not the only women to have complained "they would probably have been prepared to give evidence".

     
  18.  
    1008:

    DPP Keir Starmer says: "I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for the shortcomings in the part played by the CPS in these cases. If this report and my apology are to serve their full purpose, then this must be seen as a watershed moment."

     
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    1008:

    Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the national investigation into Savile's abuse, said: "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 seriously."

     
  20.  
    Lucy Manning, ITV News UK editor

    tweets: I think Savile victims will be extremely angry reading report into failure to prosecute Savile while alive. Basically he got away with it.

     
  21.  
    1013: Clive Coleman BBC News legal correspondent

    Keir Starmer's statement was "really strong stuff" and he was "clearly feeling bad about how the system didn't work for these victims".

     
  22.  
    Steve Faber in Sleaford

    emails: It is good that this systematic and long-term abuse has been uncovered, but I'm very uncomfortable at this "trial" in the media. He is now presumed guilty but as the report says, he could have been tried in a court of law and given the chance to defend himself.

     
  23.  
    Breaking News

    A Department of Health spokesman said the report "highlights the shocking scale of offending by Jimmy Savile over five decades and shows the need to learn lessons from his crimes".

     
  24.  
    1014:

    The Department of Health statement continues: "When these allegations first came to light the Department and relevant trusts started work to investigate these issues, and we expect any new NHS organisations named today to do the same."

     
  25.  
    1016:

    "Findings from all trust investigations will feed into the report [independent investigator] Kate Lampard will write for the secretary of state on any lessons for the whole system in relation to safeguarding and access," the Department of Health says.

     
  26.  
    1017:

    You can read the report in full here

     
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    1017:

    The report outlines 57 abuse allegations where hospitals or a hospice is identified, 33 identifying TV or radio studios and 14 relating to schools.

     
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    1022:

    Here's a list of hospitals and hospices in Savile carried out his abuse: Leeds General - 16 offences 1965-95; Stoke Mandeville 22 offences 1965-88; All the rest - 1 offence each at various times between 1962 and 1991: Broadmoor; St James Leeds; High Royds Psychiatric; Dewsbury Hospital; Wycombe General; Great Ormond Street - 1971; Ashworth; Exeter Hospital; Portsmouth Royal; St Catherine's Birkenhead; Saxondale Mental Health; Wheatfields Hospice Leeds - 1977

     
  29.  
    1023:

    Kerry Griffiths tells the News Channel says she had an incident with Savile when she was 13. She tells the BBC that "the reason I didn't say anything was that it was Jimmy Savile. l've got a 13-year-old daughter now and if the same thing happened to her I would be straight on the phone to the police".

     
  30.  
    1023:

    The Giving Victims a Voice report can be found on the NSPCC website.

     
  31.  
    1025:

    More from the statement by Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions: The CPS review looked into four cases. Three were reported to Surrey Police, one to Sussex Police. The Surrey cases were that Savile had sexually assaulted a girl and suggested another peform oral sex on him at Duncroft Children's Home in the 1970s; the third was an allegation of sexual assault by a girl outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The Sussex case related to an allegation he sexually assaulted in woman in her early twenties in his caravan.

     
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    1025:

    Mr Starmer, draws "clear links" between these cases and the approach taken in other cases involving vulnerable victims of child sexual abuse. He says the findings of the review by his Principal Legal Advisor, Alison Levitt QC, "echo in many respects" the finding of his own review into so-called "grooming" cases, including that recent case in Rochdale.

     
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    1025:

    The DPP says an unjustified degree of caution by police and prosecutors has "often resulted in sexual offences being subjected to a different and, in reality, more rigorous test than that applied to other crimes". The DPP says a new way of prosecuting child sexual exploitation cases will be drawn up.

     
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    1025:

    New guidance will be issued by the police and the CPS outlining emphasising that testing a suspect's and a complainant's account should be given equal weight. Prosecutors should attempt to "build" stronger cases by linking evidence and allegations. More support needs to be given to complainants who report allegations of sexual assault.

     
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    1026:

    More support needs to be given to complainants who report allegations of sexual assault. number of panels will be set up across England and Wales to give advice to Chief Constables to decide whether an allegation should be reinvestigated in cases where the person making an the complaint believes it has not been dealt with appropriately. The DPP is to issue guidance to prosecutors that they should highlight concerns they have come across within the evidence to the police which they should share with other relevant agencies.

     
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    1026:

    The peak time for Savile's alleged offending was between 1966 and 1976, when he was aged between 40 and 50. Abuse is claimed to have taken place at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1965 and 1988, while allegations at Duncroft School children's home cover a period between 1970 and 1978.

     
  37.  
    Breaking News Danny Shaw, BBC home affairs correspondent

    tweets: #savile Commander Peter Spindler: Savile "groomed the nation".

     
  38.  
    1027:

    More details on the timing of Savile's offences. They include the period when Savile worked at the BBC between 1965 and 2006. They also involve the period when he worked at Leeds General Infirmary between 1965 and 1995.

     
  39.  
    1029:

    Commander Peter Spindler, head of the MPS Specialist Crime Investigations, says: "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 seriously."

     
  40.  
    Breaking News

    Peter Watt, NSPCC director of child protection advice and awareness, who co-authored the Giving Victims a Voice report, says the scale of Savile's abuse "simply beggared belief".

     
  41.  
    Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: #savile Police say 8 year old victim was a boy who was sexually assaulted.

     
  42.  
    1032: Breaking News

    Peter Watt, of the NSPCC and co-author of the report, says: "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 lasting change."

     
  43.  
    Mark Dobrzanski

    tweets: Outrageous and unbelievable he got away with it so long. Who knew and why was nothing done? #savile

     
  44.  
    1034:

    The NSPCC's Peter Watt says Savile was "without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across".

     
  45.  
    Danny Shaw, Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: #savile Det Supt David Gray: Savile "spent every minute of every working day" thinking about abuse. He was "programmed" to react that way

     
  46.  
    1036:

    The report says Savile "was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status and fund-raising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades".

     
  47.  
    1038: Clive Coleman BBC News legal correspondent

    says he believes the police/NSPCC report was "written from the heart", because it details how the authorities were not doing their job properly during all the years Savile carried out his abuse.

     
  48.  
    1038:

    The Giving Victims a Voice report is available in two locations - on the Metropolitan Police website and also on the NSPCC website.

     
  49.  
    Lucy Manning, ITV News UK editor

    tweets: Police say Savile offended in schools after pupils wrote to him Jim'll Fix It letters. Details just get more and more appalling.

     
  50.  
    Hyder Ali Pirwany in Okehampton, Devon

    texts: Will Jimmy Savile be stripped of knighthood now please?

     
  51.  
    Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets #savile Was Savile abused himself? Police don't know. Child abuse campaigner Peter Saunders suggests it was possible

     
  52.  
    1042:

    You can find the latest news story on the report into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile on the BBC News website.

     
  53.  
    1049: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    says the report into offending by the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile says he is reported to have committed five offences in Scotland. Two allegations relate to the Strathclyde police force area, one to Lothian and Borders, one to Grampian and one to Fife. The report mentions the presenter's cottage in Glencoe as being a property linked to Savile but does not say whether or not any offences took place there.

     
  54.  
    Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Hospice allegation was that Savile sexually touched and made inappropriate comments to a visitor. Not raised with staff.

     
  55.  
    1051:

    The NSPCC's Jon Brown tells the BBC that "serious questions do need to be asked of all those organisations and institutions" which allowed Savile to gain "unsupervised access to vulnerable children".

     
  56.  
    1051:

    Great Ormond Street Hospital issues a statement saying: "The contents of this report are clearly extremely distressing for all those involved."

     
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    1052:

    Great Ormond Street Hospital statement also says: "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."

     
  58.  
    David Nicol in Paisley, Scotland

    tweets: I hope @NSPCC are right that Savile case is a watershed moment. What happened in the past can't be changed, but we can prevent it in future.

     
  59.  
    1053:

    Statement from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London says an allegation of abuse by Jimmy Savile at its premises "was not reported at the time and therefore neither the police nor GOSH hold any records relating to the matter. The police have said that they do not intend to investigate further".

     
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    1056:

    NSPCC says publicity surrounding the Savile police inquiry sparked a rise in the numbers of abuse victims of offenders other than Savile coming forward. Some 5,000 calls were taken by its hotline in October.

     
  61.  
    Jennifer James in Liverpool

    tweets: I'm going to be raging at any 'But *why* did he do it?' sympathetic pieces trying to 'understand' #savile.

     
  62.  
    1103:

    Chief Constable David Whatton, of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), says: "Allegations of abuse made long after the event are important - they are not 'historic' for victims who may be living with consequences every day." He also urges any other abuse victims who have not spoken to police to come forward.

     
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    1103:

    Jon Brown, who is head of strategy and development for the NSPCC, says: "The way in which sex offenders are able to wield their power, are able to trick victims and groom victims, it could still happen today."

     
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    1103:

    Wirral Community NHS Trust, which now runs services at the new St Catherine's Health Centre, on the site of the former St Catherine's Hospital in Birkenhead, said: "We are shocked to hear of the allegation about Jimmy Savile which has been revealed by the Metropolitan Police."

     
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    1103:

    Wirral Community NHS Trust's statement on alleged abuse by Savile also says: "The alleged offence took place many years ago when the former hospital was run by a separate organisation and we were unaware of his involvement. We will fully co-operate with the police investigation and have started our own internal investigation which we will share with the Department of Health."

     
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    1107:

    Detective Superintendent David Gray, from the Met Police's paedophile unit, said Savile must have thought about his sex offending "every minute of every waking day". Savile's youngest sexual assault victim was an eight-year-old boy.

     
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    1108:

    Det Supt Gray says Savile was "clever enough" to pick on the most vulnerable victims so that they would not report him. Allegations against him include 14 offences relating to schools across the country, some of which took place after children had written to him for his Jim'll Fix It television show.

     
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    1111:

    Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust issues a statement regarding claims of abuse carried out by Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Last year it set up the independently monitored, Speaking Out Investigation into Savile abuse on its premises. The Trust now says: "The investigation is serious and complex and is currently reviewing files and records from the last 40 years before it moves on to meeting and hearing from witnesses."

     
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    1113:

    Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says: "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."

     
  70.  
    Matthew Lawrenson, Preston, UK

    Horrible as it was, Savile's long-term sexual offending is merely a symptom of a wider malaise in British society. The rich, powerful and well-connected will always be able to get away with anything, as their friends in high places will cover for them.

     
  71.  
    1118: Clive Coleman BBC News legal correspondent

    says the victims won't see their abuser prosecuted, because he is dead. Their only redress will be to sue, either Savile's estate or the owners of the premises where the abuse took place. But there are some qualifications, he adds: a three year statute of limitations on the offences committed, and the burden of proof - which the courts will set at a high level.

     
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    1118:

    Lawyer Kim Harrison, whose law firm is representing some 50 alleged victims of Jimmy Savile, tells the BBC: "It is extremely unfortunate that opportunities were missed earlier on... to bring this man to justice. We have to now just press on and get what justice we can for the victims, even though he's no longer alive."

     
  73.  
    Emily Glen in Dublin

    tweets: Shocking stuff coming out of the #Savile report. Hopefully there will be some real, lasting changes with how issues of rape/abuse are dealt.

     
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    1119:

    Kim Harrison adds: "[Suing is] one of the first steps on the way to them having some kind of justice for what's happened to them,"

     
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    1119:

    Marilyn Hawes, director of Enough Abuse, a child protection consultancy, says people must learn about child grooming. "This is a not rocket science. It's an easily learnable thing. Attention, exaggerated affection, trying to isolate the child, a whole raft of things."

     
  76.  
    1120: Breaking News

    The Met/NSPCC report says there are reports of offences from when Savile worked at the BBC between 1965 and 2006, at the final recording of Top of the Pops. A graph in the report showing his chronology of offending show most offences committed on BBC premises in London occurred in 1973, 1977 and 1987. The years where offences at the BBC took place are 1965, 1969-71, 1973-75, 1977, 1979, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 2007.

     
  77.  
    1122: Breaking News

    An internal review by Surrey Police into its 2007 investigation of abuse claims made against Jimmy Savile says "more could have been done to encourage victims to support police action and we have apologised to each of the victims involved".

     
  78.  
    Rachel in Rugby

    tweets: Feel sickened reading even the skim of news regarding #Savile. It's heartbreaking to know that it could and did happen here in this country.

     
  79.  
    Ellen Johnson in Cardiff, Wales

    emails: We must never again let an individual become so socially powerful that his or her victims feel powerless to report any abuse.

     
  80.  
    1131:

    Sky News is reporting that a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron says "every organisation involved has to investigate what has gone on and get to the bottom of it".

     
  81.  
    1135:

    Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust says: "NHS organisations in Devon have recently been made aware of [an] allegation dating back to 1970 and will continue to liaise with the Metropolitan Police in the event that any new evidence emerges."

     
  82.  
    1138:

    Savile is accused of committing abuse at Broadmoor Hospital. West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which is responsible for the hospital, says an internal investigation team "have already begun reviewing thousands of files and records as part of the information gathering process and they will meet with witnesses in due course".

     
  83.  
    1140: Breaking News

    Helen Ankrett, palliative care services manager at Sue Ryder for Wheatfields Hospice, says: "Jimmy Saville was well known locally for his fundraising efforts for local charitable causes and as such I'm aware that in the first few years of Wheatfields Hospice's opening, he organised a few fundraising events in aid of the hospice. We're appalled and dismayed to hear that an alleged incident took place on the premises of the hospice in 1977."

     
  84.  
    1143: Breaking News

    A spokesperson for the BBC says the report into Jimmy Savile contains "shocking revelations". They add: "As we have made clear, the BBC is appalled that some of the offences were committed on its premises. We would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes."

     
  85.  
    1143:

    The BBC's statement continues: "The BBC will continue to work with the police to help them investigate these matters. We have also set up the Dame Janet Smith Review to help us understand how these crimes could have been committed and how we can avoid them happening ever again."

     
  86.  
    1150:

    A roundup of the Giving Victims a Voice report and reaction to it can be found on the NSPCC website.

     
  87.  
    1150: Brendan

    emails: Savile was able to get away with this for as long as he did mostly as a result of this nation's almost slavish obsession with celebrity. We all collectively bear some responsibility for allowing this to happen.

     
  88.  
    1154:

    Here are some of the key points of the Giving Victims a Voice report into claims of abuse by Jimmy Savile.

     
  89.  
    1203:

    Kevin Cook says he was sexually abused by Jimmy Savile as a nine-year-old, after appearing on Jim'll Fix It. He has waived his right to anonymity and says: "I am shocked by the amount, the time it's gone on, the amount that's gone on... I'm lost for words, I really am."

     
  90.  
    1203:

    Sheila Taylor is chief executive of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People. She says in future, abuse victims will be treated differently. "We are seeing a change in attitudes. The more that people understand sexual exploitation and how it manifests itself in society and all communities everywhere, then we are seeing people realise that they have to treat it differently to how they've treated it in the past."

     
  91.  
    Suzy Parker in Kent

    tweets: Must have been horrible for his victims to have had to see him on the tv all the time, public opinion of him high, knowing the truth #Savile

     
  92.  
    1204:

    Grampian Police issue a statement: "We can confirm that we have received one allegation which relates to a historical incident in the Aberdeenshire area. The full circumstances have been passed on to the Metropolitan Police as the lead force for Operation Yewtree and appropriate support is being offered to the victim."

     
  93.  
    1206:

    The BBC's Jon Brain tells the News Channel the police have not referred to the victims as "alleged" because their stories of abuse are so similar, and believable.

     
  94.  
    1207:

    The UK press have reacted strongly to the report into Savile's acts of abuse. The Daily Mail says the "twisted" DJ carried out an "unprecedented" 60-year-long campaign of abuse, the Guardian highlights how much of Savile's abuse took place in hospitals, the Daily Telegraph focuses on how Savile "spent 'every waking minute' thinking about abusing boys and girls" and "He groomed the nation" is the headline for the Sun.

     
  95.  
    1210:

    Mersey Care NHS Trust, which has medical premises in Merseyside and Cheshire, says it understands an alleged incident involving Savile in its area relates to the former Moss Side Hospital. "We have been made aware of an offence that took place in 1971. This matter has not been previously reported and we have no further information at this time. We will be conducting an investigation into the matter and reporting any findings and lessons to the Department of Health."

     
  96.  
    A R Nutt in Darlington

    emails: Sadly we live in a world where we can seemingly take no-one and nothing at face value. This savage behaviour by a man with unrestricted access to the vulnerable - by dint of his name - is a reminder of why we need child protection procedures in public organisations to be as open, responsive and proactive as they can be.

     
  97.  
    1215:

    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust issues a statement about a claim of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at Saxondale Mental Health Hospital, in Nottinghamshire in 1971. The hospital closed in 1988. The Trust says the strategic health authority "have investigated the circumstances of this allegation and are as confident as they can be - given the information currently available and the passage of more than 40 years - that Jimmy Savile only visited Saxondale Hospital once to attend a charitable event day."

     
  98.  
    Angela Matthews in Norwich

    tweets: Despite all the media over the past few months I've been truly shocked by the findings of the Jimmy Savile inquiry! How could this happen!

     
  99.  
    1217:

    One victim of Jimmy Savile's abuse, Deborah Cogger, says she was groped and forcibly kissed by him when she was 14. See an interview with her here.

     
  100.  
    1217:

    Here's an extract from today's report: "It is now clear that Savile was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status. and fundraising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades. For a variety of reasons the vast majority of his victims did not feel they could speak out and it's apparent that some of the small number who did had their accounts dismissed by those in authority including parents and carers."

     
  101.  
    1218:

    There are a number of charities and organisations which can be contacted if you have suffered criminal activity or sexual abuse. More information on the help and support available can be found here.

     
  102.  
    1226:

    The BBC's Stuart Flinders outside Leeds General Hospital. where 16 offences took place, says Savile was very well known in the city, But attitudes have changed since details of his abuse emerged: his gravestone has been removed, and rooms are no longer named after him.

     
  103.  
    1227:

    Lawyer Alicia Alinia, whose firm is representing 45 alleged victims of Savile's, tells the BBC: "Ultimately, in a civil justice system, damages are the only thing available. If recourse is compensation then that is what these victims are entitled to at the very least."

     
  104.  
    1232:

    The BBC's Torin Douglas says he understands that the "main target" for damages claims by alleged victims "initially will be the estate of Jimmy Savile, but certainly there have been claims lodged against the BBC, and those will take quite some time to come to fruition."

     
  105.  
    1251:

    During a press briefing earlier today Peter Saunders, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said he was told BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten had rejected plans to set up a helpline for potential Savile victims, as suggested by former director general George Entwistle. But the Trust says: "This is not an accurate account of events."

     
  106.  
    1251:

    The Trust adds: "The chairman of the NSPCC told Lord Patten that he believed that there was no need for the BBC to establish a separate hotline as he was confident that they were fully able to deal with the volume of calls. Lord Patten never dismissed the idea. Although Napac would still have preferred to launch a new helpline, the BBC decided not to proceed following further discussions with both charities."

     
  107.  
    1251:

    Dan Davies is a journalist who is writing Jimmy Savile's biography. He tells the BBC: "I don't think anybody, even those people who professed to being his close friends and had known him for many years, wouldn't really claim to have known him intimately. He was an unknowable character."

     
  108.  
    1251:

    A correction has been issued for the Giving Victims a Voice report - at one point it outlines 57 abuse allegations where hospitals or a hospice is identified, but that figure is actually 50.

     
  109.  
    Cliff Pegg in Minehead, Somerset

    emails: I am truly shocked at all of this. How can a man live in the public eye for so long and commit such terrible crimes on these poor individuals - unnoticed and undetected?

     
  110.  
    1301: Breaking News

    Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper calls for "a proper overarching review led by child protection experts into why everyone failed to stop Savile and what should be done now." She adds "A myriad of small reviews and inquiries into how it could happen in different hospitals or the BBC are just not enough."

     
  111.  
    1302:

    Ms Cooper continues: "There are many, many questions as to how Savile got away with this and what weaknesses still exist in the system to protect vulnerable victims. We can't learn lessons properly with 14 separate inquiries and more working groups. We need a properly structured inquiry, that draws together fragmented investigations into institutions throughout the country. Although legislation has moved forward and great strides have been made in child protection, we all know that much more needs to be done. And the scale of Savile's abuse should be a wake-up call to everyone."

     
  112.  
    Rob, London

    emails: I feel as if my own childhood has been somehow soiled by these revelations, even though I personally never met Savile. I was born in 1960, so am of the same generation as many of his victims.

     
  113.  
    1313: Clive Coleman BBC News legal correspondent

    writes: "In many cases the abuse was not long term and may have happened on a single occasion or a few times. It is always more difficult to establish the abuse in those circumstances. The large number of victims and the similarity of the way in which the abuse occurred will help here. More significantly, Savile targeted the vulnerable. In the case of children who came from dysfunctional backgrounds, or who had previously suffered abuse, the court has a complex task. With the abuser dead, it will require good quality psychiatric evidence that the psychological harm suffered by the victim was as a direct result of Savile's abuse of them."

     
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    1319:

    Trevor Sterling, a lawyer representing several alleged victims of Jimmy Savile, says while the criminal justice system failed his victims, "we must make sure the civil justice system does not".

     
  115.  
    1320:

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells the BBC Radio 4's World at One "the scale of the challenge" for the NHS's investigation into Savile's abuse on its premises is "absolutely huge".

     
  116.  
    1322:

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says: "I need to be able to assure NHS patients that it would be much, much harder for this to happen today."

     
  117.  
    1325:

    Scarborough Borough Council are to debate the removal of Jimmy Savile's Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough honour, and to ensure his name is permanently removed from all records of the honour.

     
  118.  
    1325:

    Here's a summary of the main points to come out of the Giving Victims a Voice report. The earliest recorded sexual offence by Jimmy Savile was in 1955 with the most recent in 2009. His offending was most frequent during the period 1966-1976 when he was between 40 and 50 years old. Reports of offences at the BBC spanned more than 40 years, from 1965-2006.

     
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    1326:

    Savile's youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy. The oldest was 47 and most were aged 13-16. The report said 73% of his victims were under 18 and 82% were female.

     
  120.  
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    Savile's offences were mainly opportunistic sexual assaults, but there are others where an element of grooming or planning was said to have occurred. Victims reported crimes including 126 indecent acts and 34 rape or penetration offences.

     
  121.  
    1329:

    You can catch up with the key points of the report here

     
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    And you can follow the story as it develops through the day on the BBC News website.

     

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