Jimmy Savile used fame to ‘hide in plain sight’: Reports reveal first sex abuse claim made 60 years ago in Manchester

By Dean Wilkins

Disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile used his fame to ‘hide in plain sight’ while sexually abusing victims and could have been prosecuted after first being accused of offending in Manchester almost 60 years ago.

Two reports released today by Scotland Yard and NSPCC labelled Savile as a ‘predatory sex offender’ as almost 30 police forces across the country deal with 214 cases made against him.

Figures revealed that 73% of those victims were children, and ages ranged from eight years old to 47 – 450 people have come forward to police since ITV’s probe into his past in October.

The Crown Prosecution Service were forced to apologise for their failings, after reports found that Savile had targeted victims at 14 medical sites – including hospitals, mental health clinics and hospices.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said: “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.”

A total of 617 have contacted police regarding the investigation into Savile and other celebrity figures – the first report was made to officers in Manchester in 1955, while the last was made in 2009.

The allegations could have led to the prosecution of Savile while he was alive, but investigations only began a year after his death in October 2011.

Peter Watt, of the NSPCC, said: “The sheer scale of Savile’s abuse over six decades simply beggars belief.

“He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead.

“But with this report we can at least show his victims that they have been taken seriously and their suffering has been recognised.”

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