ITV probe into Sir Jimmy Savile scandal helped child sex abuse victims come forward to Manchester law firm

By Dean Wilkins

ITV’s controversial documentary into allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile is being hailed for helping victims to come forward as ‘at least a dozen’ new cases have been brought to the attention of a Manchester law firm.

The former BBC children’s entertainer and DJ has been accused of a catalogue of child sex abuse incidents that stretch from 1959 to 2006 and up to 70 victims have come forward since the channel’s probe.

Details from former BBC Radio 1 boss Derek Chinnery questioning the deceased star about the rumours were revealed over the weekend – Savile apparently dismissed them as ‘nonsense’.

But as Scotland Yard and 15 police forces across Britain investigate claims – 340 lines of inquiry are being pursued and 12 allegations have been officially recorded – more than a dozen victims are taking action with Manchester-based law firm Pannone.

Alan Collins, a solicitor with the firm, claimed it was no surprise that vicitms have started coming forward thanks to ITV’s documentary and the media coverage that has followed.

“It comes as no surprise to me to see that other victims are coming forward now,” he told PA. “With abuse cases it is quite common for victims to suppress thoughts of their abuse until something acts as a trigger to reawaken visions of the past.

“We were already dealing with one case of alleged abuse by Savile in Jersey and as a result of media attention, we have now had at least a dozen calls from individuals who claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of the former celebrity.

“It is highly likely that a number of these calls will result in legal action.”

The Department of Health is being forced to carry out an investigation into the scandal after Savile was accused of abusing patients at psychiatric hospital Broadmoor where he was asked to lead a taskforce more than 20 years ago.

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