Five allegations reported against Jimmy Savile in Devon and Cornwall
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A report published today has highlighted there are five offences being investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police as part of Operation Yewtree.
A REPORT published today (Fri) by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and NSPCC has confirmed five cases of alleged sex abuse were reported in the Devon and Cornwall police force area against former Radio One DJ Jimmy Savile.
The five offences are among a total of 214 criminal offences across 28 police forces in the UK, in a wave of abuse spanning more than six decades, according to the Giving Victims a Voice report.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “There are five incidents regarding historic sexual abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile reported in the Devon and Cornwall Police force area.
“We are investigating the offences and are in regular contact with officers from Operation Yewtree.
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“The victims are receiving ongoing support.”
One of the offences is alleged to have taken place at Exeter Hospital in 1970, but police would not confirm where the other allegations were reported to have taken place across the region.
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The report concludes Savile was a ‘prolific, predatory sex offender’, and used his celebrity status to ‘hide in plain sight’ while abusing adults and children.
Commander Peter Spindley, head of the MPS specialist crime investigations, said: “Savile’s offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic.
“He cannot face justice today but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims, they have been listened to and taken seriously.
“We must use the learning from these shocking events to prevent other children and vulnerable adults being abused in the future.
“They will get a voice.”
Peter Watt, NSPCC Director of Child Protection Advice and Awareness, said: “Almost 800 additional children have been protected from abuse because of the publicity around this case prompted people to contact our helpline.
“We are optimistic that this signals a watershed moment for child protection in this country.
“We must seize the opportunity if we are to make a lasting change.”