Jersey care inquiry: Police told of Savile abuse

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

A Jersey care home resident told police in 2009 that he had been abused by Jimmy Savile, an inquiry has heard.

Savile, who died in 2011, was never prosecuted over the allegations, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) has already been told.

The abuse happened at Haut de la Garenne in 1976, the victim told police as part of their investigation into alleged offences at the home.

Police have said there was insufficient evidence for investigating Savile.

The victim's interview with police investigating abuse at the care home was read to the inquiry in Jersey.

Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC's Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It, died aged 84 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary.

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

But was never charged with any offence.

The DJ was a regular visitor to Jersey and was Mr Battle of Flowers at the island's annual parade three times, the last time in 2002.

The IJCI, which is investigating child abuse in Jersey's care system since 1945, continues.

2 February 2015: This story was updated to make it clear the States of Jersey Police did investigate the claims, but there was insufficient evidence found for the Attorney-General of Jersey to approach authorities in the UK.

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