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Jersey care inquiry: Jimmy Savile 1976 visit note shown to hearing

Jimmy Savile
Image caption Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers three times.

A note proving Jimmy Savile visited a children's home in Jersey in the 1970s has been shown to an abuse inquiry.

Patrick Sadd, counsel to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI), said Savile had previously denied being in Jersey in the 1970s.

Allan Collins, representing victims of abuse, said a number of his clients accused the former DJ of abuse.

Mr Sadd said Savile had signed the letter, giving details of a fun run, proving he was there at the time.

States of Jersey Police also confirmed he was investigated during an inquiry into abuse at former children's home Haut de la Garenne in the 1970s.

The police said there was insufficient evidence for the investigation into Savile, which was part of a three-year inquiry into abuse at Haut de la Garenne, to proceed.

The note, dated 19 April 1976 and signed by Savile, describes him doing a fun run with a teenage girl from Haut de la Garenne and the money raised.

Savile, who was a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of Top of the Pops and the Jim'll Fix It show on BBC One, was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers three times, the last time in 2002.

He was one of Britain's most prolific sex abusers and is thought to have assaulted hundreds of people between the ages of five and 75.

He died in 2011 aged 84, and was never charged with any abuse offences.

The inquiry continues.

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