UK police reveal severity of Savile’s sex abuse saga
London: British police has revealed the ‘vast’ extent of sexual abuse by late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, saying that his crimes spanning over 50 years were probably unprecedented in the country.
Presenting a joint report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC, Detective Superintendent David Gray said that ‘the sheer scale and the severity of his offending is appalling.’
Savile must have thought about his abuse "every minute of every waking day", he added.
According to Sky News, police said the attacks took place over 54 years, the earliest in Manchester in 1955, at various locations, including hospitals and a hospice.
The late TV presenter's alleged victims included 28 children aged under 10, including 10 boys aged as young as eight, the report said.
A further 63 were girls aged between 13 and 16 and nearly three quarters of his victims were under 18, it added.
Allegations against him include 14 offences relating to schools across the country, partly when children had written to him for his Jim'll Fix It programme.
The report said he used his celebrity status to control victims and ‘hide in plain sight’.
Scotland Yard said there was no clear evidence he was acting as part of a paedophile ring, but that he may have been part of an "informal" abuse network.