Sir Jimmy Savile sex scandal: Greater Manchester Police investigate two claims of abuse by BBC star

By Dean Wilkins

As Sir Jimmy Savile’s headstone was removed by his family last night the BBC star is now accused of up to 25 cases of sex abuse, and Greater Manchester Police are the latest force to receive complaints.

The deceased entertainer is accused of being a ‘predatory sex offender’ after a victim spoke of her abuse 50 years after the incident allegedly happened.

And since the assertions, up to 25 women have come forward to speak of the abuse they were subjected to by the children’s TV presenter.

A GMP spokesman said: “As part of an investigation being headed by the Metropolitan Police Service into allegations of sexual abuse made against the late James Savile, Greater Manchester Police has, to date, recorded two separate complaints.

“These are historic complaints dating back to the 1960s.

“The complaints will be passed to the Metropolitan Police Service for further assessment and therefore it would not be appropriate to make further comment.”

Savile’s family made the decision to remove his elaborate headstone from his grave in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, to ensure the ‘dignity and sanctity’ of the area.

The headstone, which was engraved with ‘It was good while it lasted’ was removed shortly after midnight today to avoid attention from the public and out of respect to other families who visit the graveyard.

It will now be disposed of and sent to landfill.

A family spokesman said: “The family members are deeply aware of the impact that the stone remaining there could have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery.

“Out of respect to public opinion, to those who are buried there and to those who tend their graves and visit there, we have decided to remove it.”

The allegations involve teenage girls – some as young as 13 – who have made official complaints of rape and indecent assault dating back to the late 1950s and spanning four decades.

Scotland Yard said the Met, Surrey, Sussex, Northamptonshire and Jersey police are all investigating allegations.

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