Jimmy Savile 'abused up to 300 victims'

Thursday 25 October 2012 23.46
Police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal are dealing with around 300 alleged victims
Police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal are dealing with around 300 alleged victims

Police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal are dealing with around 300 alleged victims.

Commander Peter Spindler said officers are following more than 400 lines of inquiry linked to the victims, of whom all except two are women.

He said investigators have so far spoken to 130 people who have come forward, and 114 allegations of crime have emerged.

Officers are using a "triage" approach, first making contact with victims by phone to get initial details of their allegations, Mr Spindler said.

He told reporters that most of the allegations are linked to Savile, but some involve others who may have acted with him.

The inquiry will be a "watershed" moment in the investigation of child abuse, he said.

Nobody has yet been arrested or interviewed under caution as yet, but the force is "preparing an arrest strategy".

"There's Savile on his own, and that's the vast majority of what we're being told about, there's Savile and others. And it's the others, if they're living, we can look at them.

"Then there is a third category which is 'others'."

Officers are trying to contact victims as quickly as possible, but for some it is the first time they have spoken about the allegations, Cmder Spindler said.

He told journalists: "We are trying to make contact with as many victims as quickly as we can. We are doing it initially by telephone but some of those telephone contacts are taking up to four hours.

"This may be the first time that some people have actually spoken in any detail, and we don't underestimate how significant an event it is for them to disclose sexual abuse."

Praising victims for their courage in coming forward, he encouraged anyone else who is wondering whether to speak out to do so.

"That's the type of people who are the most vulnerable in our society, and they do need to be given a voice. I think what's happened with this inquiry is that others have clearly demonstrated that they do have a voice and that they will be heard."

He also warned current abuse offenders that police "will come for them".

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