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Savile 'also abused the terminally ill'

© The Daily Telegraph | 2013-01-07 00:14:54.0
Disgraced British entertainer Jimmy Savile is seen arriving at the unveiling of a new monument, commemorating the fighter pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, in London in this September 18, 2005 file photograph.

Some of the victims of decades of abuse by top UK DJ Jimmy Savile included the patients and staff of at least one hospice for the terminally ill, it has been reported.

The late entertainer will be accused of assaulting the sick and dying, as well as hundreds of other people, including children, when the police publish their report on the scandal later this week, according to The Sunday Times, London.

The Metropolitan Police are expected to reveal more details of the allegations against Savile that have poured in since revelations were first made public in a television documentary in October.

The report will list all the establishments, including hospitals, prisons and schools, at which Savile preyed on his victims. It is also expected to reveal that he attacked the patients and staff of a hospice he visited under the guise of charity work.

Savile's association with the Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General and Broadmoor hospitals is well-known, but it is thought he abused people in at least seven other institutions around the UK.

Some hospitals allowed him to wander the wards freely and in some instances he was given keys allowing him to come and go as he pleased.

Police have already revealed that 450 people have contacted detectives to make allegations against Savile.

Officers have recorded 199 crimes in 17 police force areas in which the former BBC radio DJ and TV presenter is a suspect, among them 31 rape allegations.

About 82% of those who have come forward to report being abused to the police are women, and eight of 10 of Savile's alleged victims were children.

Commander Peter Spindler, who is heading the police inquiry, said the pattern showed that the star's offending peaked in the 1970s.

Ten people have now been questioned by the police as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into historic sexual offences, which was set up in the wake of the Savile revelations.


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