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  Jimmy Savile was a practicing Catholic but this was omitted from most of his obituaries.




A statue of Sir Jimmy Savile has been removed from a Glasgow leisure centre amid allegations that the late entertainer raped and sexually abused young girls.

New Sex Abuse Allegations Against Jimmy Savile Revealed By Police

Posted: Updated: 12/10/2012

John Peel, Jimmy Savile's Colleague,

'Got 15-Year-Old Schoolgirl Pregnant'

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Gary Glitter - Gary Glitter 'Flees Hotel Following Complaints'

20 May 2012

Gary Glitter hinted his lust for under-age sex during 1991 TV show

Submitted by Nina Sahu on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 08:26 
London, Aug 22 : Gary Glitter, the 1970s glam rocker and convicted paedophile, indicated his lust for under-age sex during an appearance on ‘This Is Your Life’.
Glitter starred on the ITV series’ profiles in 1991 – six years before his arrest over child porn on his laptop.
In the episode, a jokey reference to ‘adolescent schoolgirls’ in uniform prompted him to put his finger to his lips. He could also be clearly seen mouthing ‘shush’.

Gary Glitter may not return to Britain

Submitted by Kiran Pahwa on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 12:33 
Gary GlitterMelbourne, Aug 18 : Incarcerated paedophile popstar Gary Glitter will soon be released from Vietnam jail and deported to England, but he has no intentions to return to his native country England.
The 64-year-old popstar has spent three years in prison for sex crimes against children, after being convicted of obscene acts with two Vietnamese girls aged 10 and 11 in 
2006.







Melbourne, Aug 18 : Incarcerated paedophile popstar Gary Glitter will soon be released from Vietnam jail and deported to England, but he has no intentions to return to his native country England. The 64-year-old popstar has spent three years in prison for sex crimes against children, after being convicted of obscene acts with two Vietnamese girls aged 10 and 11 in  2006. "The Vietnamese are deporting Gary but after that he is a free man," the Daily Telegraph quoted Glitter''s lawyer Le Thanh Kinh as saying. "Gary has told me he does not want to go back to England,” Le Thanh Kinh added. Thanh Kinh also revealed that Glitter did not receive any letters from friends or family during his time in prison. "Whether he will or not, I don''t know, He would like to live in Singapore or Hong Kong," he said. (ANI)

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Gary Glitter 'Flees Hotel Following Complaints'


Disgraced pop idol Gary Glitter fled a Spanish hotel following complaints from guests, according to a report.
Holidaymakers were allegedly horrified to learn the shamed star, who was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for sexually abusing two young girls, was staying at the complex.
The former glam rock icon is said to have registered at a hotel on the island of Majorca under his real name Paul Gadd but agreed to leave following complaints.
A fellow visitor told Britain's Daily Star Sunday, "He wore a bandanna and had a beard and it was so clear it was him. I was with my two young children and other mums and dads were saying they were very uneasy about having him around the place. We all talked about it in the bar before going to bed, then met up again in the morning to try to get something done because we didn't feel safe having him around.
"He was with a Chinese or Thai-looking bloke. I think they used to walk to the beach most days which was about 100 yards away. We complained to the hotel staff and told them about our concerns on day four of our holiday. The next day a waitress told us that the police had been and that he had left the place.You can understand why people weren't happy having him there because there were loads of families with kids."

Gary Glitter



Jimmy Savile died in October last year, aged 84 (Sky N

Jimmy Savile Police Probe Show 'As Many As 340 Lines Of Inquiry And 40 Victims Of Sexual Abuse'

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Police are pursuing 340 lines of inquiry and speaking with as many as 40 victims in the probe into sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile.

"We have officially recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences but expect this number to grow," the Metropolitan police said on Friday.

"We continue to liaise with 14 forces."

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One allegation claimed Jimmy Savile molested a brain-damaged girl in hospital

The latest development came after disabled actress Julie Fernandez best known for her role in 'The Office' was the latest to claimed Jimmy Savile groped her.

Julie Fernandez told Radio 5 Live she remembered feeling the "huge rings on his fingers" and that his hands were "everywhere... lingering too long in places they shouldn't."

She claimed she was 14-years-old when the abuse happened, after appearing as a teenager on Jim'll Fix It.

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Jimmy Savile's headstone has been removed and carted away to be used as landfill amidst the claims

Fernandez's claims come in the midst of a raft of sexual abuse allegations against the late TV personality. His tireless fundraising, spearheading a number of charity campaigns, was well documented.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police on Friday said:

"Officers from the Serious Case Team of the MPS Child Abuse Investigation Command will continue to contact those who have come forward, to ensure that they are given the advice and support they need.

"We would once again praise the courage of, and thank everyone who has come forward to provide us with information to assist in understanding the scale of abuse perpetrated by Savile.

"Any one with information or concerns should call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

'Jimmy Savile Groped Me' Claims Julie Fernandez,

Disabled Actress From 'The Office'

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A disabled actress best known for her role in 'The Office' claimed Jimmy Savile groped her when she appeared as a teenager on 'Jim'll Fix It'.

Julie Fernandez told Radio 5 Live she remembered feeling the "huge rings on his fingers" and that his hands were "everywhere... lingering too long in places they shouldn't."

She claimed she was 14-years-old when the abuse happened in 1988, much later than previous allegations made against the TV presenter.

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Fernandez says she feels lucky she was only groped

"I was in my wheelchair, but I just remember his hands being everywhere and just lingering those two, three, four seconds slightly too long in places they shouldn't. It wasn't particularly obvious either.

"It was in a busy room full of people in a studio so it was quite discreetly done and you don't kind of realise what's happening at the time, especially when you're 14 and it's the first time you've ever been in a studio and you're very excited.

"But I do remember feeling uncomfortable and he had these huge rings on his fingers."

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Ms Fernandez played Brenda in 'The Office' and has also appeared in BBC1's 'Eldorado'

Fernandez, who appeared in BBC1's 'Eldorado' and is a prominent campaigner for disabled rights, said she made a joke out of the incident with her friends.

"My classmates, we all made a joke of it afterwards for years, but we didn't really bring it up to any adult and I don't know why, actually."

"He was a great fundraiser and all of these things, so possibly people didn't want to say negative things about him. Maybe they didn't think they would be believed," she added.

Fernandez's claims come in the midst of a raft of sexual abuse allegations against the late TV personality. His tireless fundraising, spearheading a number of charity campaigns, was well documented.

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Jimmy Savile has been accused of molesting a brain-damaged girl in hospital

However his charity work and in particular his role as patron of National Spinal Injuries Centre has been sorely tainted after allegations that he volunteered at hospitals to find victims to abuse.

Caroline Moore has claimed she was assaulted by Savile at the age of 13 while being treated for spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville Buckinghamshire hospital in 1971, the Press Association reported.

Mrs Moore, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, told BBC Radio Scotland: "I was outside a ward or a gym and he came out and just rammed his tongue down my throat.

"I told my family at the time. They didn't take it seriously because he was such a high profile character."

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Allegations of abuse against the former DJ date back to the 1960s

Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Tayside are the latest forces to say allegations have been made.

June Thornton, a patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972, said she saw Savile abuse someone she thought was a brain-damaged girl.

Ms Thornton said that when she told a nurse about the abuse, she was ignored.

"I thought he was a visitor coming to see her. He started rubbing his hands down her arms and then, I don't know of a nice way to put it, but he molested her. He helped himself. She just sat there and couldn't do anything about it," she told ITV News.

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Savile raised millions for charity, especially for Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Police believe Savile could have abused as many as 25 victims over a period of 40 years, and have so far formally recorded a number of criminal allegations against him including rape and indecent assault.

The number of allegations have been branded a "cesspit" by BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten who pledged to hold an independent inquiry as swiftly as possible after the police investigation.

The BBC's reputation is increasingly under fire after an avalanche of allegations that the corporation was aware of claims about Savile's actions, but did nothing about them.

Ms Fernandez told breakfast presenter Nicky Campbell she felt she was "lucky" that she wasn't abused further. However she said: "It's a predatory behaviour and it's a bad, bad behaviour. And what's really annoying is, he's now dead and what can we do?"

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Jimmy Savile 'molested brain-damaged patient'

Jimmy Savile died in October last year, aged 84 (Sky N

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Sir Jimmy Savile molested a brain-damaged hospital patient, according to fresh claims against the star....

Sir Jimmy Savile molested a brain-damaged hospital patient, according to fresh claims against the presenter.
Former nurse June Thornton was recovering from an operation at Leeds General Infirmary when she says she saw Savile abuse the young girl.
"She had brain damage, and Jimmy Savile came in and kissed her," she said.
"He started kissing her neck, running his hands up and down her arms, and then started to molest her. Because I was laid flat on my back, there was nothing I could do."
It comes as Greater Manchester Police revealed they had received two separate complaints of sexual abuse relating to the late TV presenter dating back to the 1960s.
They have been passed on to the Metropolitan Police, who have so far recorded two criminal allegations of rape and six allegations of indecent assault against the former Top of the Pops presenter.
The BBC has given further details of its inquiry into the allegations, some of which relate to the period when Savile was employed by the BBC and are alleged to have taken place on the corporation's premises.
BBC chairman Lord Patten said the independent review, which will take place after the police investigation, would be chaired by "someone who holds the trust of the nation".
There will also be a review of sexual harassment, bullying and whistle-blowing guidelines at the BBC.
Five police forces are involved in the investigation, while charities say they continue to receive dozens of phone calls relating to the Jim'll Fix It star, who died aged 84 last year.
In total, police are pursuing 120 lines of inquiry. They believe there were up to 25 victims, the youngest of whom was just 13, and that the abuse spanned four decades.
A 2007 radio interview with Newstalk 106-108FM has also emerged, in which Savile denies rumours he was a child abuser.
He strongly refuted the allegations - which had earlier been broadcast in the documentary When Louis Met: Jimmy Savile with Louis Theroux - saying there had been no need to respond.
"What is the point of responding to something if it's not true," he told the radio station.
As police continue their investigation, the former DJ's gravestone has been removed from a cemetery in Scarborough at the request of his family. The headstone will be broken up and dumped in a landfill site.
Outlining details of the BBC's probe into the sexual abuse claims, Lord Patten said the broadcaster would consider making another, formal apology - possibly during prime air time - when they publish their findings.
The BBC chair said he did not know Savile but always thought he was "an odd customer".
He backed the handling of events by his new director general George Entwistle, reiterating that at no point had BBC management put pressure on Newsnight not to run an investigation into child abuse claims against Savile.

Jimmy Savile was a practicing Catholic but this was omitted from most of his obituaries.
Jimmy Savile was a practicing Catholic but this was omitted
 from most of his obituaries.




Jimmy Savile was a devout Catholic who attended Mass regularly, it has emerged.

In the wake of Savile's death last year, a Catholic newspaper even questioned a "conspiracy of silence" surrounding the TV presenter's religion at the time of his death.

The Catholic Herald noted that few newspapers mentioned that he was a practising Catholic, who attended mass on a regular basis, when writing their obituaries of the DJ.

The Herald asked: "Why not mention that an important part of his life was attending daily Mass? There's a deep dedication in the life of a man who gives away 90 per cent of everything he earns and so tirelessly does all the other things he did.

"You'd think that an obituarist would want to ask a simple question: where did all that come from? It's almost as though they couldn't bear to accept that the answer was his Catholicism: even that Catholicism itself could ever be the source of actual human goodness."

An ITV documentary, which drew in 1.9 million viewers, has alleged that Jimmy Savile sexually abused underage girls.

During Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, a number of women alleged the DJ sexually assaulted them in his BBC dressing room. One woman, Kim Ward, said she had seen convicted sex offender Gary Glitter having sex with a girl in Savile's dressing room.

A BBC spokesperson said they will be investigating the allegations surrounding Savile. Scotland Yard is yet to open a formal investigation into the claims against the presenter.

A statue of the entertainer has been removed from a leisure centre as police begin child abuse investigation.
Jimmy Savile was a practicing Catholic but this was omitted from most of his obituaries.

A statue of Sir Jimmy Savile has been removed from a Glasgow leisure centre amid allegations that the late entertainer raped and sexually abused young girls.

The wooden sculpture outside Scotstoun Leisure Centre was pulled down by operators who said they "felt it necessary" to remove the statue which overlooked the children's swimming pool. It had stood on the site since 1993, in honour of Savile's charity work.

A spokesman for Glasgow Life, which operates the centre, said: "Given the current controversy and the seriousness of the allegations, we thought it appropriate to move the statue at this time."

The decision comes just days after an historic rape allegation made against the Yorkshire-born DJ and presenter was referred to Scotland Yard by officers in Surrey.

In the explosive ITV documentary, The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, a number of women came forward to accuse the former Top of the Pops presenter of sexual abuse.

It was also revealed that previous accusations made about alleged abuse in two children's homes were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

The BBC, who Savile worked closely with throughout this career, has now offered its full support to officers, after it's surfaced that some of the abuse may have taken place on its premises.

The broadcaster had initially reacted angrily to its rival channel's allegations.

A BBC spokesman said: "A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.

"Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s.

"We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC - or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC.

"We have today asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue."

A memorial plaque at Savile's former Scarborough home has also been removed after it was defaced with the words "paedophile" and "rapist".

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29 October 2011
DJ and TV presenter
Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84


DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84
Former DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile has died, aged 84.
Savile, who was one of the most famous names on British TV and radio in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, died on Saturday. Police said they were called to his home in Leeds, but that there was nothing suspicious about his death. His family programme, Jim'll Fix It, drew in huge audiences and the programme received 20,000 letters a week at the height of its popularity. A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers were called to the house in Roundhay at 12:10 BST.
Details of how he died were not yet known, but he was recently in hospital with pneumonia. His nephew, Roger Foster, said he "passed away quietly in his sleep during the night". "Jimmy was a wonderful man. His public face is well-known but we knew him much more as an uncle. He was a very good friend. Jimmy will be sadly missed by very many people." Broadcaster Tony Blackburn said Sir Jimmy was embraced by everybody, and was "always just Jimmy Savile". "He was just a complete one-off. I think he was a bit of a lonely character as well. In the privacy of his own life I don't think he had very many friends."
He added: "I've never known anyone quite like him. He was a blunt speaking northerner, but also kind and very respectful." Presenter Dave Lee Travis told Sky News: "We are all going to be worse off without him around."
Prince Charles has also praised Sir Jimmy in a statement released by Clarence House: "The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile's death and their thoughts are with his family at this time," it said.
Savile started out as a dance hall DJ in the 1950s, before making his name as a broadcaster on Radio Luxembourg. He was one of the first DJs on BBC Radio 1 and launched Top of the Pops in 1964. He also appeared on the music show's final edition in 2006.
Charity fundraiser
His TV persona included chunky gold jewellery, a huge cigar, his trademark snowy white hair and a number of catch-phrases which were frequently parodied by impressionists such as Mike Yarwood.
Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Savile was conscripted as a Bevin Boy, working in the coal mines during the war. Away from broadcasting, he was noted for his charity work, running 200 marathons and raising £40m over the years. He was a volunteer at the hospital and ran more than 200 marathons for various charitable organisations. Sir Jimmy raised £20m for the creation of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1983 after a storm damaged wooden huts which had housed spinal cord injury patients.
A spokeswoman for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said Sir Jimmy would be missed by staff and patients, adding: "He was tireless in his attempts to fundraise for the hospital and was integral in the creation of the National Spinal Injuries Centre that we have today." Savile was knighted by the Queen in 1990 for his charity work.
Jimmy Savile: 'I invented the disco'
Sir Jimmy Savile has died, in this interview from May 2011 he talks about Top of the Pops and how he came up with the idea of running a disco. Savile started out as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 and was the first host of Top of the Pops in 1964. He also appeared on the music show's final edition in 2006. In this interview he says he was "the very first in the whole world to run a dance to records".
Interview from May 16 2011, 'BBC Inside Out'
Jimmy Savile: Your memories
Former DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile has died, aged 84. Savile was one of the most famous names on British TV and radio in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Here, BBC News readers share their memories.
Paul  Bruce, Glasgow
Jim fixed it for Paul Bruce
I wrote to him when I was 13 years old asking to be allowed to drive an HGV. I lived in Blackpool at the time with my parents. My father was an HGV driver and I wanted to grow up and be just like my Dad. I got a letter back from one of the producers of the programme telling me I was going to be on the show. I went to a training place in Preston, they had me driving a brand new HGV. I was doing manoeuvres, three point turns and I even drove it up to 30mph. Then I was invited down to London for the filming. I remember Jimmy then as a frail old man, but a real nice guy. I met Pan's People and Lenny Henry in Television Centre. It was fantastic experience. He was a fantastic man. It has helped me get jobs in the past too. When people find out that Jim fixed it for you, it opens doors!
Graham Smith, Harrogate
Graham Smith on the bridge of the QE2
I lived in the apartment directly below Sir Jimmy for a few years and worked as a documentary cameraman on Jim'll Fix it. We did one Fix It on the QE2 when a boy had written in asking to be a waiter on the cruise ship. That was great fun. There was a lady in her 70s who wanted to be part of the White Helmets motorcycle display team. I ended up filming on the pillion seats of one of the bikes - an amazing experience. I also worked with Sir Jim on a video for Leeds General Infirmary. I got to know him quite well as a neighbour as well as professionally. I was always impressed with the way he was around the hospital. He would chat with everyone and spend time with everyone. He was never too busy, he really liked people and he was happy to spend time with them. He would factor extra time into his journeys around the hospital because everyone wanted to talk to him.
Margaret Thatcher asked him to look after the wives of the G7 leaders during a conference. He took them to Stoke Mandeville. They were confronted by a man in tracksuit and jewellery but by the end of the day, they were eating out of his hand.
Marie Jackson, Wolverhampton
Marie Jackson and her prized badge
 "People always think I am making it up"
As a kid, I wrote in everywhere: Blue Peter, Jim'll Fix it and all the local radio stations. I was also quite unusual as I played the bagpipes as a child. I had quite bad asthma and my doctor recommended that I should play a wind instrument. My Dad said there was no better wind instrument than the bagpipes. My Dad and I used to watch the Edinburgh Tattoo together. I always wanted to be the lone piper at the end.
I wrote to Jim to ask him to fix it for me. I didn't tell my parents that I had written. One day we got a phone call. The producers came down and listened to me play the pipes. Shortly afterwards my Dad and I went to Edinburgh. As a surprise they had arranged for Massed Pipes and Drums of the local regiments to play with me. While we were in Scotland we bought Jimmy a small cigar as a present. When we got to the studio in London, he was smoking one of his trademark cigars. I was thrilled when he binned his great big cigar for the little one I had bought. I do tell people that Jim fixed it for me. They always think I am making it up but it is a great starting point for a conversation.
Keith Walters. Norich
"Jimmy made a huge difference to patients' lives”
I had the privilege of meeting Jimmy when I was a young doctor working in the Spinal Injury Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It was during the time he was raising money for the unit. Out of sight of the cameras it was clear to me how intelligent and thoughtful he was. He told me that when it came to choosing architects for the new unit he did not want someone who had designed hospitals before because they may have pre-conceived ideas.
He deliberately chose someone who had never designed a hospital. In his words he got, "A grand hotel with a hospital inside it." I went back and visit the unit after it was built, there is no doubt it was a better place. The new purpose-built building was much better for patients. He knew how to boost the morale of the spinal patients. He would come in with the TV cameras and film one of them. He maintained that doing that would cheer everyone up especially as the other patients would think it may be their turn next time. I also met him at Leeds General Infirmary. He made a huge difference to patients' lives. He knew how to help patients and how to talk them.
30 October 2011

Jimmy Savile: Tributes flood in
Tributes are being paid to DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile, who has died aged 84.
Sir Jimmy, one of the most famous names on British TV and radio in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, died on Saturday. Tributes have come from such figures as the Prince of Wales, who said he was "saddened" to hear of Sir Jimmy death. Details of how the broadcaster died are not yet known, but he was recently in hospital with pneumonia. His nephews said he died quietly in his sleep.
Alan Franey, former Cheif Executive of Bradmoor Hospital
"I spent a lot of time with him and would say I knew him probably as well as anybody else knew him," Mr Franey told BBC 5 live.

"I spoke to him last Wednesday and asked him how he was, and he said he was feeling very tired and short of breath. Mentally, he was very alert. But he said to me: 'I'm coming to the end of the tunnel.'"
Mr Franey ran marathons with Sir Jimmy to raise money for causes including Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire and Leeds General Infirmary.
"Jimmy would spend time going round the hospital [at Broadmoor] talking to staff and talking to patients, and if he could do any fundraising he would do so," he said.
"He spent a lot of his life involved in raising [money for] charity and was passionate about helping people. Jimmy had a very normal upbringing but it was a tough upbringing and he never forgot his roots. He felt that he was in a situation where he could raise funds for people using his position in showbiz and he successfully did that."
David Hamilton, DJ
"We were together at Radio 1 in the '70s and the station was full of eccentric personalities, but he was certainly the most flamboyant of all," Hamilton told BBC 5 live.
"One of the essential things about Jimmy was that he was a man of the people. He knew his audience, he was very much in touch with his audience. I think the public were his family. "Probably of all the DJs I worked with, I knew him less than any of the others. He kept himself very much to himself. He didn't drink so he wasn't the sort of man who would go down to the pub and have a bevvy with you."
Paul Bruce, who appeared on Jim'll Fix It
Sir Jimmy fixed it for Paul to drive an HGV lorry in 1979. "It was every child's dream to get on that programme," he said.
"It was fantastic to meet the guy and go on the programme, and I had 15-17 million people watching me on a Saturday evening. He was a great guy."

Graham Smith from Harrogate, Yorkshire, neighbour and colleague
"..They were confronted by a man in tracksuit and a jewellery but by the end of the day, they were eating out of his hand.."
"I lived in the apartment directly below Sir Jimmy for a few years and worked as a documentary cameraman on Jim'll Fix It," Mr Smith said.

"I got to know him quite well as neighbours as well as professionally. I also worked with Sir Jim on a video for Leeds General Infirmary. I was always impressed with the way he was around the hospital. "He would chat with everyone and spend time with everyone. He was never too busy, he really liked people and he was happy to spend time with them. He added: "Margaret Thatcher asked him to look after the wives of the G7 leaders during a conference. He took them to Stoke Mandeville. They were confronted by a man in tracksuit and a jewellery but by the end of the day, they were eating out of his hand."
Mark Thompson, BBC director general
"I am very sad to hear of Sir Jimmy Savile's death," said Mr Thompson.
"From Top of the Pops to Jim'll Fix It, Jimmy's unique style entertained generations of BBC audiences. Like millions of viewers and listeners we shall miss him greatly."
Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary
"Sir Jimmy Savile was one of broadcasting's most unique and colourful characters," said Mr Hunt.

"From Top of the Pops to making children's dreams come true on Jim'll Fix It, a generation of people will remember his catchphrases and sense of fun.
"But his lasting legacy will be the millions he raised for charity, tirelessly giving up his time and energy to help those causes he was passionate about."
Dave Lee Travis, radio presenter
"He likes to keep his distance from everybody, even friends”
Dave Lee Travis said Sir Jimmy could talk to anybody and "genuinely enjoyed" seeing the joy on the faces of the children on Jim'll Fix It.

But he was also a private man, he told BBC Radio 4's PM programme. "Deep down inside him there was a guy which was very hard to get to. "I've known Jimmy Savile for over 50 years, that's a hell of a long period to know somebody, and I've never had an absolutely in-depth straight conversation with him because he's constantly got a sort of invisible shield up. "He likes to keep his distance from everybody, even friends. He'll joke his way out of something if he doesn't want to answer you... I think probably enigma is a good word for it."
Charles Kennedy MP
The former Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said Sir Jimmy was "a true and long-standing friend to the West Highlands over decades of diligence and decency".
"When not resident at his home in Glencoe, he made it available for mountain rescue use," he said. "It was typical of the man that he never drew attention to such characteristic generosity. A sad loss indeed."
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds Council
"Sir Jimmy Savile was Leeds born and bred and he remained a Leeds lad throughout his life," Cllr Wakefield said.
"He was a much-loved and well-known figure - a larger-than-life character and an inspiration to many, particularly the children of the city.
"His enormous contribution to charity will never be forgotten. We are proud to have someone like him, who did so much for so many, come from Leeds."
John Myers, chief executive of industry body the Radio Academy
Mr Myers said: "The sad death of Sir Jimmy Savile represents a great loss to the UK radio industry. "He was one of the pioneers of modern pop-music radio. He made the smooth transfer from Radio Luxembourg to the BBC in the late 1960s and from 1997 moved his broadcasts to commercial radio where he continued to be successful and well respected by radio audiences around the UK. "The UK radio industry meets for its annual festival in Salford next week. He will be fondly remembered and his death will be marked at a special session on Tuesday morning." He grasped the opportunity to become a broadcaster, working at Radio Luxembourg before moving to Radio One.
Hospital help
He was the first host of Top of the Pops in 1964, and helped front the programme for more than 20 years. Sir Jimmy also had a role on the music show's final edition in 2006. Even among his fellow medallion men Savile revelled in his eccentricity, hanging upside down, appearing in a banana costume and generally refusing to follow fashion.
He was on BBC television for nearly two decades from 1974 in his guise as a perennial Santa Claus, granting viewers' wishes from his magic chair on Jim'll Fix It. The programme received 20,000 letters a week. A handful of correspondents went on to see their dream come true, and with it they received a hallowed Jim'll Fix It badge. Savile maintained this benevolent persona beyond the screen, raising more than £40 million for charity over the decades. He personally helped the nursing staff at Leeds Infirmary and ran the entertainments section of Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital. He ran more than 200 fundraising marathons, and as a devout Roman Catholic was given a Papal knighthood for his efforts. He was similarly rewarded by the Queen in 1990, and acted as an unofficial advisor to the Prince of Wales for a number of years. For more than three decades, Savile was most actively involved with the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. He stayed there so often he had his own suite.
Mother love
The hospital is close to prime ministerial residence Chequers, leading Savile to spend time there. In an interview he said he had been entertained by Margaret Thatcher there during her premiership. "We used to have marvellous arguments," he recalled. Savile was relentlessly gregarious in his professional duties. But his appearance - that of a platinum-haired, cigar-smoking, entertainment stalwart - hid a complex personality.
Obituary: Sir Jimmy Savile
Sir Jimmy Savile: "I'm just unusual"


Sir Jimmy Savile was Britain's first pop disc jockey
 
A look back at the life of Sir Jimmy Savile

 
On and off screen, Savile was determined to Fix It



 
In his distinctive Yorkshire tones, the words "Now then, now then" meant Sir Jimmy Savile was getting down to business.
For more than six decades, Sir Jimmy, who has died at the age of 84, was one of Britain's most established showbusiness figures and a leading charity worker.
The country's first pop disc jockey, Sir Jimmy was also a seasoned television presenter, marathon runner, Mensa member, wrestler and fundraiser.
With his trademark tracksuit and chunky jewellery, he pre-dated hip-hop fashion by about 40 years.
But for both his on-screen recipients and the beneficiaries of his charity campaigns, he was the iconic Mr Fixit.
Eccentric exhibitionist
Jimmy Savile was born on 31 October 1926 in Leeds, the youngest of seven children.
During World War II he was conscripted as a Bevin Boy, working in the coal mines as an alternative to active service in the armed forces.
In an era dominated by live music, he started playing records in local dance halls.
In 1947, according to his autobiography, he started using twin turntables and a microphone, effectively becoming the first disc jockey.
As the manager of local dance halls, Savile cultivated a tough image, which he carried into professional wrestling clubs.
He lost match after match, but claimed later: "I've broken every bone in my body. I loved it."
A born exhibitionist, Savile was spotted by television cameras spinning discs at his own Plaza dance hall in Manchester.
He grasped the opportunity to become a broadcaster, working at Radio Luxembourg before moving to Radio One.
Hospital help
He was the first host of Top of the Pops in 1964, and helped front the programme for more than 20 years.
Sir Jimmy also had a role on the music show's final edition in 2006.
Even among his fellow medallion men Savile revelled in his eccentricity, hanging upside down, appearing in a banana costume and generally refusing to follow fashion.
He was on BBC television for nearly two decades from 1974 in his guise as a perennial Santa Claus, granting viewers' wishes from his magic chair on Jim'll Fix It.
The programme received 20,000 letters a week. A handful of correspondents went on to see their dream come true, and with it they received a hallowed Jim'll Fix It badge.
Savile maintained this benevolent persona beyond the screen, raising more than £40 million for charity over the decades.
He personally helped the nursing staff at Leeds Infirmary and ran the entertainments section of Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital.
He ran more than 200 fundraising marathons, and as a devout Roman Catholic was given a Papal knighthood for his efforts.
He was similarly rewarded by the Queen in 1990, and acted as an unofficial advisor to the Prince of Wales for a number of years.
For more than three decades, Savile was most actively involved with the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. He stayed there so often he had his own suite.
Mother love
The hospital is close to prime ministerial residence Chequers, leading Savile to spend time there.
In an interview he said he had been entertained by Margaret Thatcher there during her premiership.
"We used to have marvellous arguments," he recalled.
Savile was relentlessly gregarious in his professional duties. But his appearance - that of a platinum-haired, cigar-smoking, entertainment stalwart - hid a complex personality.
He eschewed the services of a manager or secretary, and shrank from the intimacy of personal relationships.
He claimed to have always slept alone, and saved his greatest affection and reverence for his late mother.
He called her the Duchess, and lived with her until her death in 1973. For the rest of his life, Savile continued to own the house they shared.
He kept her possessions as she had left them, even having her clothes annually dry-cleaned. "There's no reason for death to spoil a good friendship," he explained.
Savile was a millionaire but always lived frugally. He owned a score of Rolls Royces, but seldom changed his clothes and bought his first bottle of alcohol on the day his pension came through.
His eccentric personality, unconventional lifestyle and irrepressible self-belief all defied convention, invited personal speculation, and bemused many an interviewer over the years.
Some questioned the motivation of the man behind such a singular public persona, but his energy and ability were beyond doubt.
A self-professed loner, he nevertheless made an indelible impression on his audiences and, by virtue of his charity work, touched many lives.
"The reason I can do things that other people can't is because I'm a single guy and have plenty of time," he said.
"I don't want anything from anybody. I'm just unusual."
Sir Jimmy Savile: 'I've always been a bit odd'
Former DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile has died.
In 2006 he spoke to the BBC's Stephen Nolan about his life.
Savile started out as a dance hall DJ in the 1950s, before making his name as a broadcaster on Radio Luxembourg. In this interview he talks about running 52 different dance halls.
He was one of the first DJs on BBC Radio 1 and launched Top of the Pops in 1964.
This interview was first broadcast on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio 5 Live
 
Jimmy Savile 'no loner', says friend Howard Silverman
Mr Silverman said Sir Jimmy used to host the Friday Morning Club at his flat
 Sir Jimmy Savile was "no loner", according to a close friend of the veteran broadcaster. Sir Jimmy, who died at his home in Leeds on Saturday, was Howard Silverman's best man in 2009. Mr Silverman, 59, said those who claimed the 84-year-old did not mix with people when the cameras were off "didn't know him".
A book of condolence to Sir Jimmy has been set up in Saviles Hall, opposite the Royal Armouries Museum in the city. Mr Silverman, a Leeds hairdresser, said he became a close friend of Sir Jimmy's after they met jogging on the streets of the city.
"All his pals, every one of them, were just like me - an ordinary geezer," he said.
Cakes and whisky
 
He and Sir Jimmy used to "laugh at the stories people came out with" in the media. Talking to BBC Radio Leeds, Mr Silverman said that every Friday morning Sir Jimmy held what was known as the FMC, or Friday Morning Club, at his flat. Friends of Sir Jimmy would be invited to sit around a big table laden with tea, cakes and whisky. Enveloped in the host's cigar smoke, the old friends would reminisce and chat the morning away.
Mr Silverman said: "If you saw that, no-one would say he didn't have pals."
'Hilarious' speech
According to Mr Silverman, Sir Jimmy had seven homes across the UK including in Glencoe, Bournemouth and Scarborough and he had friends in all those places.
When Mr Silverman got married two years ago, he asked Sir Jimmy to be his best man - but told him not to turn up in one of the tracksuits that had become his trademark. Sir Jimmy took him at his word and duly arrived in a suit, before giving a "wonderful" and "hilarious" speech. Mr Silverman saw Sir Jimmy last Wednesday, when they went for a meal at a pub near the entertainer's flat in Roundhay, Leeds. The veteran broadcaster did not even touch the soup he ordered and Mr Silverman had to ask if he was really all right.
Sir Jimmy said: "Of course, I'm fine."

A look back at the life of Sir Jimmy Savile



Boris Johnson quotes Apocalypse Now in New Year message

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has evoked the cult film Apocalypse Now in a New Year's message aimed at giving heart to the capital's residents in the face of the economic downturn.

Boris Johnson quotes Apocalypse Now in New Year message  
Boris Johnson: 'Someday captain, this war is going to end'
Photo: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON

Referring to the recession, Mr Johnson quoted Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, the eccentric commander in the 1979 epic Vietnam war film.

Lt Col Kilgore, who is played by Robert Duvall, says: "Some day captain, this war is going to end."

In a pre-recorded message to be projected on to the wall of the Shell Building on the South Bank in London tonight, he said: "There are those who say we should look ahead to 2009 with foreboding.

"I want to quote Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now when he says 'Some day captain, this war is going to end', and some day, this recession is going to end.

"We can speed the demise of this recession if we all help the poorest in our community and if we make the vital investment that we need in our mass transit system and in fighting crime, so that London emerges at the end better placed to compete and entrenched in its position as the greatest city on earth.

"We are going to be working flat out at City Hall to achieve that.

"Let's go forward into 2009 with enthusiasm and purpose. I wish you a very happy New Year."

Other memorable quotes from the film:

Colonel Walter Kurtz: "The horror... the horror."

Captain Benjamin Willard: "Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500."

Willard: "He was close, real close. I couldn't see him yet, but I could feel him, as if the boat were being sucked upriver and the water was flowing back into the jungle. Whatever was going to happen, it wasn't gonna be the way they call it back in Nha Trang."

Kilgore: "Charlie don't surf!"

Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."



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Boris Johnson

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British journalist and Politician, who serves as the current Mayor of London. He began his career as a trainee reporter on The Times but was sacked for making up a quote. From 1987 he worked at the Daily Telegraph where he became a leader-writer and assistant editor. He was editor of The Spectator from 1999, remaining in the job after his election in 2001 as MP for Henley until 2005. He was elected as London Mayor on 2 May 2008. Johnson is known for his unkempt appearance and eccentric approach to public life; he has attracted press interest over his private life.

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  • In 2004, Boris Johnson was ordered by the then Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool and apologise for an article in The Spectator which accused the city of "wallowing" in its "victim status".

    He said Liverpudlians made a scapegoat of police in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, refusing to acknowledge the part played "by drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground".

    The article, on 16 October, said people in Liverpool "cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society".

    A later spat was caused by remarks made in Mr Johnson’s Daily Telegraph column about the Labour leadership crisis, which linked Papua New Guinea to "cannibalism and chief-killing".

    Mr Johnson wrote: "For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing, and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party."

    After apologising for any offence, the MP said he would be happy to "add Papua New Guinea to my global itinerary of apology".

    Other quotes by Boris Johnson

    On his hopes of leading the country: "My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

    On Tony Blair: "It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

    On his rivals in the Liberal Democrats: "The Lib Dems are not just empty. They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition."

    In his Telegraph column December 2, 2004 on being sacked from the Tory front bench: "My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters."

    During the campaign trail of the 2005 general election: "What’s my view on drugs? I’ve forgotten my view on drugs."

    On George Bush: "The President is a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."

    On The 2005 Conservative Leadership Contest: "I am supporting David Cameron purely out of cynical self-interest."

    "Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

    On Big Brother: "I didn’t see it, but it sounds barbaric. It’s become like cock-fighting: poor dumb brutes being set upon each other by conniving television producers."



    Jimmy Savile was a practicing Catholic but this was omitted from most of his obituaries.

    A statue of Sir Jimmy Savile has been removed from a Glasgow leisure centre amid allegations that the late entertainer raped and sexually abused young girls.

    Jimmy Savile Sex Scandal: Alleged Victims of Child Rape and Sex Abuse Speak Out 

    By EWAN PALMER: Subscribe to Ewan's 

    September 30, 2012

    Five women who accuse the late Sir Jimmy Savile of molesting them when they were in their teens have gone public  over their allegations for the first time.

    The women claim Savile that sexually assaulted them when they were as young as 14 at the BBC studios. Their claims have led to accusations the broadcasting company had turned a blind eye to the alleged incidents.

    The women spoke out about their ordeals at the hands of the former Jim'll Fix It star on the eve of ITV broadcasting a documentary titled In Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile. It is set to be screened on Wednesday 3 October.

    One victim told the Sunday Mirror that Savile first molested her in his dressing room at the BBC studios in 1969 when she was 15 and raped her when she was 16.

    "The first time something happened he actually got me into an alcove in the dressing room and pushed me back against the wall and then it was a hand up the skirt and touching me.

    "He did it on various occasions in various places and it was always very quick, a quick fumble and he was very strong and he would pin you up against somewhere, quick fumble, hand up the skirt and that was it.

    "When I was 16 one of these fumbles then turned into sex

    "There was no foreplay, no romance, no taking off clothes. I'm sure it's why he always wore a shellsuit so he could just whip his elastic shellsuit bottoms down very quickly." A second woman claimed the former DJ abused girls behind a curtain in his dressing room. A third claimed she lost her virginity to Savile in a London hotel at the age of 15.

    The documentary has led to accusations that the BBC knew or at least suspected Savile was abusing girls as young as 12 but did not act on it because of his huge reputation at the time.

    Esther Rantzen: We somehow colluded with Savile

    Former That's Life presenter and consumer champion Esther Rantzen said many people in TV "blocked our ears" to the accusations surrounding Savile.

    She told the Mail on Sunday after watching the ITV documentary: "I feel that we in television, in his world, in some way colluded with him as a child abuser - because I now believe that's what he was. We all blocked our ears. There was gossip, there were rumours.

    "It's very distressing. We made him into the Jimmy Savile who was untouchable, who nobody could criticise. He was a sort of God-like figure.

    A BBC spokesman said it had found no record of "misconduct or allegations of misconduct" by Savile during his time at the corporation.

    In a statement, the BBC said: "Whilst the BBC condemns any behaviour of the type alleged in the strongest terms, in the absence of evidence of any kind found at the BBC that corroborates the allegations that have been made it is simply not possible for the corporation to take any further action." 

    A spokesman at the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, a charity set up by the late TV presenter, told IB Times UK: "It is well known that Surrey police investigated an allegation of underage sexual abuse against Sir Jimmy during his lifetime and determined no action should be taken against him. 

    "We cannot help but wonder why a programme containing these allegations has been made after his death, at a time when he cannot defend the claims nor can any such allegations be fully verified." The BBC has previously been accused of shelving a TV investigation into allegations that Savile molested teenage girls at its studios. Newsnight was due to screen a programme in December - two months after the presenter died - which claimed Savile molested a teenage girl in his dressing rooms at a recording of 1970s show Clunk Click. The BBC said the piece was dropped for editorial reasons as it clashed with programmes which paid tribute to the presenter's long career. Newsnight editor Peter Rippon said: "It is untrue that our investigation was dropped for anything other than editorial reasons.

    "The piece was not broadcast because the story could not be substantiated. To allege that we are withholding evidence from the police is also damaging and false."

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    Jimmy Savile accused of sexual abuse

    Sir Jimmy Savile has been accused of sexual abuse
    against under-age teenage girls in an ITV1 documentary
    to be shown on Wednesday.

    Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile will include several
    interviews with alleged victims of the DJ and TV presenter,
    who died last year.

    Sir Jimmy was never charged with any abuse
    offences during his lifetime.

    One complaint was made to Surrey Police in 2007 but following an investigation
    no further action was taken.

    Esther Rantzen, who worked as a television presenter at the
    BBC at the same time Savile was at the height of his fame
    in the 1970s,
    said there were rumours about the star.

    After watching the alleged victims' evidence as part of the
    documentary, Rantzen said she believed the testimonies and
    now thinks the rumours were true.

    "We all blocked our ears to the gossip," she said.
    "We made him into the Jimmy Savile who was untouchable,
    who nobody could criticise.

    Sir Jimmy, who presented shows including Top of the Pops and
    Jim'll Fix It, died in 2011 at the age of 84.

    The abuse is alleged to have taken place in
    a number of places including hospitals, schools
    and BBC buildings.

    In a statement, the BBC said no evidence of allegations on its
    premises had been found.

    'Expected to pay'

    "The BBC has conducted extensive searches of its files
    to establish whether there is any record of misconduct or
    allegations of misconduct by Sir Jimmy Savile during his time
    at the BBC. No such evidence has been found.

    "Whilst the BBC condemns any behaviour of the type alleged in the strongest terms,
    in the absence of evidence of any kind found at the BBC that corroborates
    the allegations that have been made it is simply not possible for the corporation
    to take any further action."

    In the ITV1 programme, to be broadcast on Wednesday at 2310 BST,
    former detective Mark Williams-Thomas conducts his own investigation into
    the allegations.

    ITV said it had taken into full account the fact Sir Jimmy was not alive to defend
    the claims.

    One woman named Fiona, who was 14 at the time, said she was one of
    several girls from her school who were invited to ride in the presenter's Rolls-Royce.

    "I knew the moment he asked me to stay in the car with him, I knew what was
    expected of me. Because I was having this wonderful day out and I was expected
    to pay for it. And that's what I did.

    "I now know it was wrong and I can still get very angry about it,
    but nobody believed me then, so I don't expect anybody to believe
    me now if I'm honest."

    Another woman, who remains anonymous, said she met Sir Jimmy
    at the BBC in 1969, when she was 15.
    She claims he indecently assaulted her "probably dozens of times".

    "I think when he was alive I would have been too frightened to have spoken out...
    there was always that air that he had power and that he had contacts and
    you wouldn't want to mess with him. So I would never have come out
    openly about it before."

    Concern over 'legacy'

    Sue Thompson was a newsroom assistant at BBC Leeds at the time Jimmy Savile
    was presenting the regional Speakeasy programme in 1978.

    When asked to help out on the show, she walked into the star's dressing room after
    a recording and says she was shocked when she saw Sir Jimmy
    with a young teenager.

    "I would have said something before if I'd had the courage or conviction that perhaps
    something would have been done about it. But it has been difficult to speak about it, j
    ust because of who Jimmy Savile was," she told the documentary.

    But Sir Jimmy's niece Amanda McKenna, of Kirkstall, Leeds, told the Yorkshire Evening
    Post: "The documentary-makers should be ashamed of themselves cashing in on a
    man who is dead and cannot defend himself."

    And his nephew, Roger Foster, from Goole in East Yorkshire, said he was
    concerned the allegations could damage the reputation of charities
    Sir Jimmy raised funds for.

    "The guy hasn't been dead for a year yet and they're bringing these stories out,"
    he said.

    'Care and consideration'

    "It could affect his legacy, his charity work, everything. I'm very sad and disgusted."

    An ITV spokesman said: "This documentary is the result of an in-depth investigation
    into long-standing allegations of serious and widespread sexual misconduct by
    Sir Jimmy Savile.

    "Because of the very serious nature of the claims made by several interviewees
    in relation to this, particular care and consideration was of course given to the
    decision to produce and broadcast this programme."

    For more than six decades, Sir Jimmy was one of Britain's most established
    showbusiness figures and a leading charity worker.

    The country's first pop disc jockey, Sir Jimmy was also a seasoned television
    presenter, marathon runner, Mensa member, wrestler and fund-raiser.

    He was instantly recognisable in his trademark tracksuit and chunky jewellery.

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    Jimmy Savile Sex Scandal: Broadcaster Claimed Paedophile Gary Glitter ‘Did Nothing Wrong’ 

    By EWAN PALMER: Subscribe to Ewan's 

    October 1, 2012


     Sir Jimmy Savile claiming (L) and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter (BBC/Reuters)

    Sir Jimmy Savile claiming (L) and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter (BBC/Reuters)

    Sir Jimmy Savile once claimed former 70s pop star and convicted paedophile Garry Glitter did nothing wrong and was only arrested because he was a celebrity.

    The opinions have come into light on a new documentary which accuses the former Jim'll Fix It Presenter of molesting and raping girls as young as 14 at the height of his fame.Former glam rock singer Glitter was jailed in 1999 for four months for downloading 4,000 pornographic images of children and then deported from Vietnam for assaulting two girls aged 10 and 11 in 2008.

    Five woman, now in their 50s, have come forward to accuse the late DJ of sexual abuse and will feature on the ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, due to air on Wednesday 3 October.


    During the programme, Savile can be heard saying in 2000: "Now Gary, all he did was to take his computer into PC World to get it repaired. They went into the hard drive, saw all these dodgy pictures and told the police and the police then 'Oh we've got a famous person ... Oh my goodness, yeah we'll have them'.

    "But Gary has not sold them, has not tried to sell them, not tried to show them in public or anything like that. It were for his own gratification. Whether it was right or wrong is, of course, it's up to him as a person. But they didn't do anything wrong but they are then demonised."

    "If you said to that copper, what's Gary Glitter done wrong? Well nothing really. He's just sat at home watching dodgy films." 

    ITV has defended the programme, which is due to air nearly a year after the former Top of the Pops presenter's death.

    An ITV spokesman said: "This documentary is the result of an in-depth investigation into long-standing allegations of serious and widespread sexual misconduct by Sir Jimmy Savile. Because of the very serious nature of the claims made by several interviewees in relation to this, particular care and consideration was of course given to the decision to produce and broadcast this programme.

    "The programme takes full account of the fact that Sir Jimmy is not here to defend himself against these claims."

    The documentary has led to accusations that the BBC knew or at least suspected Savile was abusing girls but did not act on it because of his huge reputation at the time.

    Former That's Life presenter and consumer champion Esther Rantzen said many people in TV "blocked our ears" to the accusations surrounding Savile as he was seen as a "sort of God-like figure".

    A BBC spokesman said it had found no record of "misconduct or allegations of misconduct" by Savile during his time at the corporation.

    In a statement, the BBC said: "Whilst the BBC condemns any behaviour of the type alleged in the strongest terms, in the absence of evidence of any kind found at the BBC that corroborates the allegations that have been made it is simply not possible for the corporation to take any further action." 

    A spokesman at the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, a charity set up by the late TV presenter, told IB Times UK: "It is well known that Surrey police investigated an allegation of underage sexual abuse against Sir Jimmy during his lifetime and determined no action should be taken against him. 

    "We cannot help but wonder why a programme containing these allegations has been made after his death, at a time when he cannot defend the claims nor can any such allegations be fully verified."

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    "A lot of people knew":
    Janet Street-Porter says she was aware of the Jimmy Savile abuse rumours

    The journalist said there was a culture of inappropriate behaviour behind the scenes of the "male dominated" entertainment industry
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    Broadcaster Janet Street-Porter has revealed she was aware of rumours about Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged abuse of underage girls when she worked at the BBC during the late 1980s.
    The journalist also said there was a culture of inappropriate behaviour behind the scenes of the "male dominated" entertainment industry, adding that nothing would have been done even if the allegations about the late Top of the Pops host were raised.
    Street-Porter, who joined the BBC as an executive in 1987, said: "I was aware of the rumours about Jimmy Savile, I was also aware of rumours about other people.
    "There was a culture, and it was a generational thing, in areas of light entertainment behaviour was tolerated."
    The former Fleet Street editor added: "I feel that the reason these women never came forward before was nobody would have believed them because Jimmy Savile raised so much money for charity and he used the money that he raised for charity as a bargaining power to buy silence from national newspapers.
    "If ever there was a time when someone might have blown the whistle on him, he would threaten those newspapers and those reporters that that charity money would not go to those hospitals."
    Street-Porter also said that even if she had raised the rumours with senior BBC executives nobody would have taken any notice.
    Janet Street-Porter'Culture of inappropriate behaviour': Janet Street-Porter
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    Speaking on BBC's Question Time she added: "A lot of people in the BBC knew what was going on.
    "I heard the rumours but I was working in an environment that was totally male.
    "Do you really think that if I said to someone at the BBC higher up than me this was going on - they wouldn't gave taken any notice of me whatsoever?"
    Street-Porter, who started working in commercial television as a presenter in 1975, said she had been aware of "things going on in dressing rooms" across the industry.
    "There was definitely a culture where there was inappropriate sexual behaviour, not necessarily with underage boys and girls, but there was a culture in light entertainment that made me feel uncomfortable."
    Street-Porter's comments came after Scotland Yard confirmed it had taken the national lead in assessing allegations against the late TV and radio presenter.
    The force said it will "work closely" with the BBC and is currently considering a number of claims, including an historic rape allegation referred to them by Surrey Police.
    MP Anne Main has also written to Lord Justice Leveson asking him to investigate how the broadcaster handled the allegations as part of his inquiry into press standards.
    A growing number of victims have come forward to allege that Sir Jimmy sexually assaulted them after five women took part in a documentary claiming that they had been abused.
    In the film, screened on Wednesday, the alleged victims accused the Jim'll Fix It presenter of sexually assaulting them, some while on BBC premises.
    Police in Northamptonshire have been contacted by two alleged victims, while it emerged this week that Surrey, Sussex and Jersey Police have also received complaints.
    The Metropolitan Police said the assessment of claims will be led by Detective Superintendent David Gray from the force's Child Abuse Investigation Command, and that a formal investigation had not yet been launched.
    The force issued a statement which said: "Our priority will be to ensure a proportionate and consistent policing response putting the victims at the heart of our inquiries.
    "It is too early to say how many individual allegations there are, and we will be making contact with all those concerned in due course.
    "We will be working closely with the BBC investigations unit.
    "Anyone else with information is urged to make contact with their local police so that any further information can then be passed to us."
    The BBC said it will assist police with investigations.
    A spokesman said: "We have asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these m

    The Life and History of Jimmy Savile


    Jimmy Savile
    Sir James Wilson Vincent SavileOBEKCSG (31 October 1926 – 29 October 2011) was an English disc jockey, television presenter and media personality, best known for his BBC television show Jim'll Fix It, and for being the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC music chart show Top of the Pops. He is the subject of a police investigation into allegations of sexual assault made after his death.
    After working as a conscripted coal miner during the Second World War, Savile began a career playing records in, and later managing, dance halls. His media career started as a disc jockey on Radio Luxembourg in 1958, and on Tyne Tees Television in 1960, developing a reputation for his flamboyant character and eccentricities. He later worked primarily for the BBC, where he presented the first edition of Top of the Pops in 1964 and worked on BBC Radio 1 from 1968. Between 1975 and 1994 he presented Jim'll Fix It, a popular television programme in which he arranged for the wishes of viewers, mainly children, to come true. During his lifetime, he was noted for his fundraising and support of various charities and hospitals, in particular Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury inBuckinghamshireLeeds General Infirmary and the Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. He was widely described as a philanthropist and was honoured for his efforts.[1][2] He was awarded the OBE in 1971 and was knighted in 1990.
    After his death, claims surfaced that he had sexually abused young teenage girls at the height of his fame in the 1960s and 1970s. Police have since described him as a "predatory sex offender",[3] and there have been public calls for him to be stripped of the honours that he had received during his lifetime. In October 2012, the Metropolitan Police began an assessment of the allegations, and set up a joint inquiry with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) into sexual assaults reported to have been carried out by Savile over four decades. Investigations also began into past practices at some of the places where he had worked, including the BBC and hospitals.

    Savile in 2006, leading the pipe band throughFort William to the Lochaber Highland Games in his capacity as Honorary Chieftain of the games 
    Born: James Wilson Vincent Savile, 31st October 1926, Leeds. West Riding of Yorkshire, England
    Died: 
    29 October 2011 (aged 84) Roundhay, Leeds, West  Yorkshire, England
    Nationality: British
    Occupation: Disc jockey, television and radio personality, dance hall manager, actor
    Early Life
    Savile was born in Leeds, the youngest of seven children (Mary, Marjory, Vincent, John, Joan, Christina and James) born to devout Roman Catholics,[4] Agnes Monica (née Kelly) and Vincent Joseph Marie Savile, a bookmaker's clerk and insurance agent.[5] Savile almost died of pneumonia at the age of five months. He was a Bevin Boy, conscripted during the Second World War to work as a coal miner at South Kirkby Colliery, West Yorkshire, England. He suffered serious spinal injuries in a mine explosion and spent a long period in recuperation.[6]
    Having started playing records in dance halls in the early 1940s, Savile claimed to be the first ever disc jockey. According to his autobiography, he was the first person to use two turntables and a microphone, at the Grand Records Ball at the Guardbridge Hotel in 1947.[7] It was billed as 'Jimmy Saville introducing Juke Box Doubles'. Savile is acknowledged as being one of the pioneers of using twin turntables for continuous play of music,[8] although his claim has been disputed (twin turntables had been illustrated in the BBC Handbook in 1929 and were advertised for sale in Gramophone magazine in 1931).[9]
    He became a semi-professional sportsman, competing in the 1951 Tour of Britain cycle race[10] and working as a professional wrestler.[11] He said:
    If you look at the athletics of it, I've done over 300 professional bike races, 212 marathonsand 107 pro fights. [He proudly announces that he lost all of his first 35 fights.] No wrestler wanted to go back home and say a long-haired disc jockey had put him down. So from start to finish I got a good hiding. I've broken every bone in my body. I loved it.[12]
    Savile later lived in Salford, and worked as manager of the Plaza Ballroom in Oxford Road, Manchester, in the mid-fifties. He lived in Great Clowes Street in Higher Broughton, Salford, and was often seen sitting on his front door steps. He also managed the Mecca Locarno ballroom in Leeds in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[13] Mecca also owned the Palais, a dance hall in Ilford, Essex, and Savile did a stint as manager there between 1955 and 1956. His Monday evening records-only dance sessions (admission one shilling) were a huge favourite with local teens.[14]

    Radio

    Savile started his radio career working as a Radio Luxembourg DJ from 1958 to 1967. He ran the Teen and Twenty Disc Club (TTDC),[15] membership for life, on Radio Luxembourg. For a small fee listeners received a certificate and a small bracelet with a disc on it, inscribed with the show's name. He stated on the BBC television series Inside Out that the title Teen and Twenty Disc Club had been rejected by the BBC in favour of Top of the Pops as too long; also that he introduced dancing to records, and that therefore he was the originator of the discothèque.
    In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1, where he initially presented Savile's Travels, a weekly programme broadcast each Sunday in which he was recorded travelling around the UK and talking to members of the public.[16] From 1969 to 1973 he also fronted Speakeasy, a discussion programme for teenagers. His best-remembered contribution to Radio 1, however, is the Sunday lunchtime show Jimmy Savile's Old Record Club, where entire top tens from years gone by were played. This was the first show to feature old charts. It began in 1973 as The Double Top Ten Show and ended in 1987 as The Triple Top Ten Show, at which point he left Radio 1 after 19 years, although he could be heard presenting The Vintage Chart Showon BBC World Service between March 1987 and October 1989, playing top tens from the years 1957 to 1987.
    From March 1989 to August 1997 he was heard on various stations around the UK (mostly taking theGold format, such as the West Midlands' Xtra AM and the original Classic Gold network in Yorkshire) where he revived his Radio 1 shows.
    In 1994, satirist Chris Morris gave a fake obituary on BBC Radio 1 (as a joke), saying that Savile had collapsed and died, which allegedly drew threats of legal action from Savile and forced an apology from Morris.
    On 25 December 2005, and 1 January 2007, Savile presented shows on the Real Radio network. The Christmas 2005 show counted down the festive Top 10s of 10, 20 and 30 years previously, while the New Year 2007 show (also taken by Century Radio following its acquisition by GMG) featured Savile recounting anecdotes from his past and playing associated records, mostly from the 1960s although some were from the 1970s.

    Television

    Jimmy Savile presenting Top of The Popsin 1964
    In 1960 he presented Tyne Tees Television's music programme Young at Heart. Although the show was broadcast in black and white, Savile dyed his hair a different colour every week.[17]
    On New Year's Day, 1964, he presented the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops from a television studio – a converted church (now demolished) – in Dickenson Road, Rusholme, Manchester. On 30 July 2006 he also co-hosted the final edition, ending the show with the words "It's number one, it's still Top of the Pops", before being shown turning off the studio lights after the closing credits.[18]When interviewed by the BBC on 20 November 2008 and asked about the revival of Top of The Pops for a Christmas comeback, he commented that he would welcome a "cameo role" in the programme.[19]
    During the early 1960s he co-hosted (with Pete MurrayNew Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert, annually held at Empire Pool, Wembley, with acts such as The BeatlesCliff Richard and The Shadows,Joe Brown and the BruvversThe Who, and many others. These were broadcast on television. On 31 December 1969, Savile hosted the BBC/ZDF co-production Pop Go The Sixties, shown across Western Europe, celebrating the hits of the 1960s.
    Savile is also remembered for a series of Public Information Films promoting road safety, notably "Clunk Click Every Trip" which was promoted the use of the car seatbelts, the clunk representing the sound of the door and the click the sound of the seatbelt fastening. This led to Savile's hosting his own Saturday night chat/variety show on BBC1 from 1973 entitled Clunk, Click, which in 1974 featured the UK heats for theEurovision Song Contest featuring Olivia Newton-John. He also fronted a long-running series of advertisements in the early 1980s for British Rail's InterCity 125, in which he declared "This is the age of the train". After two series, Clunk, Click was replaced by Jim'll Fix It, which he presented from 1975 to 1994.
    He was interviewed by Dr. Anthony Clare for the radio series In the Psychiatrist's Chair, where Savile appeared to be "a man without feelings".[20] In 1995 he was interviewed at length by Andrew Neil for the TV series Is This Your Life? (made by Open Media for Channel 4).[21]
    In April 2000, he was the subject of an in-depth documentary by Louis Theroux, in the When Louis Met...documentary series. In the series, Theroux accompanied a different British celebrity in each programme as they went about their day-to-day business, interviewing them about their lives and experiences as he did so. In the documentary, Savile seemed distrustful of the project and was reluctant to reveal much about himself, although he did "confide on camera that he used to beat people up and lock them in a basement during his career as a nightclub manager".[12] "When Louis Met...Jimmy" was voted one of the top fifty documentaries of all time in a survey by Britain's Channel 4.
    Savile visited the Celebrity Big Brother house on 14 and 15 January 2006. During these visits he "fixed it" for some of the housemates to have their wishes granted; for example, Pete Burns received a message from his significant other and friend while Dennis Rodman was able to trade Savile's offering for a supply of cigarettes for other housemates.
    In 2007 Savile returned to television with Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again, in which he showed some of the most popular 'fixits' ever, recreating them with the same people, as well as making new dreams come true.[22]

    Personal life

    Savile at the 1982 Leeds Marathon
    Savile was famous for his yodel[23] and his catchphrases included "how's about that, then?", "now then, now then, now then", "goodness gracious", "as it 'appens" and "guys and gals". Savile was frequently spoofed for his distinctive appearance, which almost always featured a track suit or shell suit, along with gold jewellery. A range of licensed fancy dresscostumes were released with his consent in 2009. Savile was also known as a cigar smoker and usually smoked very expensive Cuban brands.[24][25]
    He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists[26]and drove a Rolls-Royce.[27] He was also a member ofMensa.[28] He was made a life member of the British Gypsy Council in 1975, becoming the first "outsider" to be made a member.[29] He was chieftain of the Lochaber Highland Games for many years, and owned a house in Glen Coe. His appearance on the final edition of Top of the Pops in 2006 was pre-recorded as it clashed with the games.[30] While still alive he arranged for a bench, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, to be dedicated to his memory, with the words 'Jimmy Savile – but not just yet!' added as an inscription.[31][32]
    Through his support of hospital charities, Savile became a friend of Margaret Thatcher, who described his work as "marvellous".[33] He reportedly spent 11 consecutive New Years Eves at Chequers - located close to Stoke Mandeville Hospital - with Thatcher and her family.[34]
    A bachelor, Savile lived with his mother (whom he referred to as "The Duchess") and kept her bedroom and wardrobe exactly as it was when she died. Every year he had her clothes dry cleaned. Savile's personal relationships were rarely the subject of media report or comment during his lifetime. He claimed in his autobiography that he had had many intimate relations with members of the opposite sex, describing his first introduction to women in detail and then adding that "there have been trains and, with apologies to the hit parade, boats and planes (I am a member of the 40,000 ft club) and bushes and fields, corridors, doorways, floors, chairs, slag heaps, desks and probably everything except the celebrated chandelier and ironing board."[35]
    During 1988, the Secretary of State for HealthKenneth Clarke, appointed Savile to lead a task force overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital, after its management board had been disbanded.[36]In 1989, Savile started legal proceedings against News Group Newspapers after their paper, the News of the World, published an article in January 1988 suggesting Savile had been in a position to secure the release of patients in the hospital who were considered "dangerous". Savile won the case on 11 July 1989 with News Group agreeing to pay all legal costs, and received an apology from editors Kelvin MacKenzieand Patsy Chapman.[37]
    On 9 August 1997, Savile underwent a three-hour quadruple heart-bypass operation at the Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds, having learnt that he had needed the operation for at least four years when attending regular check-ups.[38]

    Allegations of sexual abuse

    Jimmy Savile accused of being a sexual predator by five women who claim he abused them when they were underage schoolgirls

    • Alleged victim says: 'There was a little sort of couch and he would have me lie down on it and just do the sex act'
    • Woman tells TV documentary he raped her in his dressing room
    • 'We colluded with him as a child abuser, claims broadcaster Esther Rantzen
    • She says people in TV 'blocked our ears' to rumours... Savile was made into a 'god-like figure'
    • Sir Jimmy's nephew 'disgusted and disappointed' about allegations
    • Personal assistant of 40 years claims accusers are starstruck fantasists
    PUBLISHED: 22:22, 29 September 2012 UPDATED: 15:21, 30 September 2012
    Five women have branded Sir Jimmy Savile a sexual predator who allegedly raped and abused them when they were underage schoolgirls.
    The explosive sex grooming allegations are made in a documentary to be aired on national TV on Wednesday night.
    The women, now in their fifties, claim Sir Jimmy was at the peak of his fame when he is said to have molested them in his Rolls-Royce, at a hospital, a school and the BBC Television centre 
    'Untouchable': Rantzen said Savile was made into a 'god-like figure'
    'Untouchable': Rantzen said Savile was made into a 'god-like figure'
    Luxury car: Sir Jimmy is said to have taken schoolgirls for rides in his Rolls-Royce
    Luxury car: Sir Jimmy is said to have taken schoolgirls for rides in his Rolls-Royce
    Accused: Five women claim he used his fame to groom and sexual abuse when they were schoolgirls
    Accused: Five women claim he used his fame to groom and sexual abuse them when they were schoolgirls
    One of the alleged victims claims the Top of The Pops DJ raped her in his dressing room, while another alleges she lost her virginity to him when she was 15.
    In the ITV1 documentary, Exposure: The other Side of Jimmy Savile, the star, who died last year aged 84, is accused of allegedly:
    • Promising a victim he would not rape her but then did
    • Asking one girl to perform an indecent act on him in the back of his Rolls
    • Wearing a shell suit so that he could easily pull down the elastic trousers to assault his victims. 
    • Giving a girl who said she lost her virginity to him, his autobiography with a message written inside which said: 'No escape' and signing it her 'keeper'.
    The documentary also features damning contributions from former BBC production staff who reveal that the star’s predatory behaviour with girls as young as 12 was an open secret
    One woman given the pseudonym Angie claimed she lost her virginity in a London hotel room with Savile who later gave her his autobiography in 1974 with the message inside 'No escape' and signing it her 'keeper.' 
    She said he regularly abused her in his dressing room. She claimed: 'There was a little sort of couch and he would have me lie down on it just to do the sex act.
    'It was very quick and unemotional and that was it. I wasn't able to do anything about it. I just feel he took huge advantage of me.'
    Savile, knighted for raising millions for charity, is said to have preyed on girls at Duncroft Approved School for Girls in Staines, Surrey, when he visited in the 1970s in his caravan.
    A former pupil given the pseudonym Fiona, was 14 when she says she was abused after being invited to be in the audience of his show Clunk Click.
    She says: 'He had an alcove in his dressing room and took you behind the curtain. He wanted you to sit on his knee while he spun you around in the chair.'
    Fiona alleged he would lure girls by taking them out in his car when he visited the school.
    She claimed that the first time he abused her was in the back of his Rolls-Royce while pupils were at picnic tables in the grounds.
    'I was having this wonderful day out and was expected to pay for it. And that's what I did.'
    Fame: Savile when he was a DJ on Top Of The Pops

    Visits: Sir Jimmy arrived at Duncroft girls' school in Surrey in the 1970s in his caravanFame: Savile when he
was a DJ on Top Of The Pops
    Visits: Sir Jimmy arrived at Duncroft girls' school in Surrey in the 1970s in his caravan
    'Blocked our ears': Broadcaster Esther Rantzen now believes that Jimmy Savile was a child abuser after watching the documentary. She said that some in television 'colluded with him as a child abuser'
    'Blocked our ears': Broadcaster Esther Rantzen now believes that Jimmy Savile was a child abuser after watching the documentary. She said that some in television 'colluded with him as a child abuser'
    After viewing the documentary, Esther Rantzen has told how some in broadcasting ‘blocked our ears’ to claims about Jimmy Savile made during his career.
    In an emotional interview, the broadcaster and Childline founder told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I feel that we in television, in his world, in some way colluded with him as a child abuser – because I now believe that’s what he was. We all blocked our ears. There was gossip, there were rumours.

    SARAH'S STORY: SHE MET SAVILE AT 1973 CONCERT 

    Image of a woman
    After the concert at Stoke Mandeville hospital, while everyone was getting on the coach to leave, I ran up to him to let him know I was the one who had sent him the letter about the choir.
    Before I knew what had happened he'd stuck his tongue into my mouth.
    It didn't seem to bother him that other people could have seen what he was doing.
    I was just so shocked. I pulled away and dashed on to the coach. I couldn't believe what had happened.
    Looking back now, as an adult, I realise he'd been grooming me by calling me at home and arranging to come and see me in the choir.


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    VAL'S STORY: SHE MET SAVILE AT THE BBC IN 1969 WHEN SHE WAS 15

    Image of woman
     I think people need to know that there was another side to him and it was quite a dark side. He was a predator really, a predator on young girls.
    The first time something happened he actually got me into an alcove in the dressing room and he pushed me back against the wall and then it was a hand up the skirt and touching me.
    He did it on various occasions in various places and it was always very quick, a quick fumble, hand up the skirt and that was it.
    When I was 16 one of these fumbles then turned into sex, full sex.he promised me he wasn't going all way, but he did.
    There was no foreplay, no romance, no taking off clothes. So was, I'm sure, why he always wore a shellsuit so he could just whip his elastic bottoms down very quickly .
    As a mature woman now, I look back and I think I was actually raped on that first occasion because I definitely didn't know we were going to have full sex and I definitely said to him
    "You're not going to go all the way". So looking back I think, "Oh my God, he actually raped me".
    I was very young and he was in his 40s. I think when he was alive I would have been too frightened to have spoken out

    FIONA'S STORY: MET THE STAR WHEN A 14-YEAR-OLD SCHOOLGIRL 

    Image of a woman
    To have this gentleman say he wanted to take two or three of you out, with just him, it was freedom, it was wonderful.
    The very first time he abused me it was actually in the back of his car.
    We were in the car park and the other girls were sat at one of those picnic tables, and I was sat with him on my own in the back of the car and I knew the moment he asked me to stay in the car with him, I knew what was expected of me.
    Because I was having this wonderful day out and I was expected to pay for it. And that's what I did.
    I now know it was wrong and I can still get very angry about it, but nobody believed me then, so I don't expect anybody to believe me now.
    By the time I'd finished spending some time with him, the wire from my bra had come up over the top of my breast.
    And he hadn't restrained himself just to my breasts, he'd also had a good fumble around in my knickers and it didn't make me feel comfortable or good about myself, but I thought it was expected of me. 
    At the BBC he had an alcove in his dressing room that had a curtain over it and he would take you behind the curtain.
    He often wanted you to sit on his knee whilst he spun round in the chair, you could feel him whilst you were sitting 

    ANGIE'S STORY: SHE ALLEGES SHE LOST HER VIRGINITY TO STAR AT 15

    Image of woman
    It was quick and it was in a London hotel. He invited me to come round. When I got there it was chitchat first of all.
    And before I knew it he had me on the bed and he was having sex with me.
    Jim didn't do kissing, he didn't do emotion or foreplay or anything.
    It was just basically what he wanted - in and out and that was it.
    And afterwards it was as though nothing had happened.
    I was very naive. I had no idea what was happening and in the light of day he was a middle-aged man, he was in his early 40s.
    He shouldn't be doing that to 15-year-olds.
    And actually I'm quite angry and it's quite repulsive what he did to me and other girls.

    CHARLOTTE'S STORY: SHE SAYS SAVILE GROPED HER AT 14

    Image of a woman
    We all went into this caravan and Jimmy Savile was there and the teacher was saying to us: "Oh he's going to do a recording of all you girls and he's going to play it on the radio".
    I don't know if he beckoned me first but I do remember that I sat on his lap. Then the next thing, I felt this hand, sort of go up my jumper and on my breast.
    I jumped up, I absolutely freaked out and started swearing and "What do you think you're doing?" And then I was just dragged out of the caravan by two of the staff.
    I was told what a filthy mouth I have, how can I make those terrible accusations.
    I was taken upstairs to the isolation unit, left there for two or three days and said that I could come back when I refrained from saying such filthy things.
    ‘It’s very distressing. We made him into the Jimmy Savile who was untouchable, who nobody could criticise. He was a sort of god-like figure. Everybody knew of the good that Jimmy did and what he did for children. And these children were powerless.
    ‘What these women say is so matter of fact, they corroborate each other. The style of the abuse and the attack on them was consistent one with each other. I’m afraid the jury isn’t out any more and what upsets me so much is that not one of these children could ask for help. The abuse of power was as great as the sexual abuse.’
     
    A BBC spokesman said it had found no record of ‘misconduct or allegations of misconduct’ by Savile during his time at the BBC.
    'He was all over me': 14-year-old Coleen Nolan (pictured with Savile on Top Of The Pops in 1979) said she was horrified when he intimately cuddled her on the show
    'He was all over me': 14-year-old Coleen Nolan (pictured with Savile on Top Of The Pops in 1979) said she was horrified when he intimately cuddled her on the show

    Singer Coleen Nolan, who does not appear in the ITV programme, revealed four years ago that she was horrified when Savile intimately cuddled her in 1979 on Top Of The Pops when she was 14. She said: ‘He was all over me. I could see my sisters glaring, “You touch her and we’ ll kill you!” – and they would have done.’
    A child protection expert who investigated the claims for ITV tells the programme he is convinced Savile, who died last year, would face arrest if still alive.
    Mark Williams-Thomas, who for 12 years was a detective and child protection officer, spent a year talking to Savile’s former victims.
    He told The Mail on Sunday: ‘They were in awe of an individual who could give them a great number of benefits, and so the abuse could go on and on unchecked.
    'The women thought no one would believe them then, and even now they are terrified of the potential backlash from his fans and from his estate. But I have no doubt that on the evidence I have gathered, if Savile was still alive I would be banging on his door to get him nicked.’ 
    Mr Williams-Thomas was a child protection officer with Surrey Police and worked on the prosecution of pop impresario Jonathan King on charges of sex with underage boys. 
    Since leaving the police, he has become a consultant on child protection and fronted the ITV documentary To Catch A Paedophile.
    He said: ‘Early last year I was asked by a contact if I was aware of allegations that had circulated for years about Savile and young girls and if I knew of an investigation into a complaint made to Surrey police in 2007.
    ‘When Savile died, I began an investigation and was put in contact with several women who alleged they had been abused by him.’
    The shocking conclusion of his investigation is that Savile, who was the face of Top Of The Pops for three decades as well as Jim’ll Fix It, groomed girls as young as 12 for sex.

    Esther Rantzen
    Esther Rantzen
    During broadcasting: Rantzen (pictured left in 1987 and right last year) said that Savile's style of abuse and the attack on the girls was consistent. 'What upsets me so much is that not one of these children could ask for help,' Rantzen said
    Savile’s victims tell strikingly similar stories in the documentary, which is to be screened at 11pm – two hours after the watershed.
    Until his death at 84, Savile was seen as an outlandish but avuncular star who loved tracksuits and ostentatious jewellery. But despite his tireless charity work, he never escaped dark rumours about his lifestyle. The ITV investigation makes concrete allegations for the first time. 
    A nephew of Sir Jimmy has said his family is 'disgusted and disappointed' that allegations have been made when he is no longer around to defend himself.
    Roger Foster from Goole, East Yorkshire, said he was not only concerned for his uncle's reputation and legacy but also for the damage the allegations could do to his charities.
    He said: 'I just get so disgusted and disappointed by it. The guy hasn't been dead for a year yet and they're bringing these stories out.
    Reputation: His personal assistant of 40 years claimed he would never risk destroying his public image
    Reputation: His personal assistant of 40 years claimed he would never risk destroying his public image
    'It could affect his legacy, his charity work, everything. I'm very sad and disgusted.'
    He added: 'I just don't understand the motives behind this. I just think it's very, very sad you can say these things after someone's died and the law says you can't defend yourself when you're dead.'
    The woman who worked as Sir Jimmy's personal assistant for 40 years said yesterday she would be shocked if  the allegations were true.
    Janet Cope believes his accusers were starstruck fantasists.
    She said:'Some of his female fans were attracted to him like bees to a honey pot.'
    Janet, now a 70-year-old widow, of Aylesbury, Bucks, added: 'I never had an inkling of him misbehaving or taking advantage of impressionable young girls.
    'If there had been I would have seen it and tried to stop it. But if the documentary conclusively proves his guilt then I'd be really shocked.'
    She insisted he would never have risked destroying his carefully cultivated public image.
    'He was far too savvy, knowing how reputations like his could easily be trashed overnight.
    'To my knowledge, he never once stepped out of line. 'I think I'd have known if he had.'
    Would have: Savile, who died last year, pictured is his grave, would have faced arrest if still alive, a child protection expert claims on the documentary
    Would have: Savile, who died last year, pictured is his grave, would have faced arrest if still alive, a child protection expert claims on the documentary

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    Savile claimed that the key to his success on Jim'll Fix It had been that he disliked children, although he later admitted to saying this to deflect scrutiny of his personal life. He did not own a computer, explaining that he did not want anybody to think that he was downloading child pornography.[39] In October 2012 it was reported that Savile had publicly defended the convicted paedophile pop star Gary Glitter saying that "he just watched a few 'dodgy films' and was only vilified because he was a celebrity... It were for his own gratification. Whether it was right or wrong is up to him as a person. But they didn't do anything wrong."[40]
    In 2007 Savile was interviewed under caution by police investigating an allegation of indecent assault in the 1970s at the now-closed Duncroft Approved School for Girls near Staines, Surrey, where he was a regular visitor. The Crown Prosecution Service advised that there was insufficient evidence to take any further action and no charges were brought.[41]
    In March 2008, Savile started legal proceedings against The Sun newspaper which had, wrongly he claimed, linked him in several articles to the child abuse scandal at the Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne.[42] Savile initially denied visiting Haut de la Garenne, but later admitted that he had done so, following the publication of a photograph showing him at the home surrounded by children.[43] The States of Jersey Police said that in 2008 an allegation of an indecent assault by Savile at the home in the 1970s had been investigated, but there had been insufficient evidence to proceed.[44]
    On 30 September 2012, it was reported by UK newspapers that up to ten women stated that they had been sexually molested or raped by Savile during the 1960s and 1970s. One of the alleged victims was reported to have been aged 14 at the time.[45] The ITV1 documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile was broadcast on 3 October 2012. It was researched and presented by former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who had been a police investigator on the successful 2001 Jonathan King child-sex prosecution. It was later claimed that Savile had abused at least one boy as well as numerous girls.[46]
    The Metropolitan Police stated on 4 October 2012 that their Child Abuse Investigation Command would lead a process of assessing the allegations, which was "not an investigation at this stage".[47] On 12 October 2012 they announced that they have received 340 lines of enquiry, are dealing with 40 potential victims, and have recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences which date back to 1959.[48]

    Fundraising, sponsorship and voluntary work

    Aside from his TV and radio work, Savile carried out a considerable amount of charity work and is estimated to have raised some £40 million for charity.[49]
    One of the causes for which he raised money was the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he worked for many years as a volunteer porter. Staff reported that he would search the wards for young patients to abuse and that they would instruct patients in the children’s ward to feign sleep during his visits.[50] He raised money for the Spinal Unit, NSIC (National Spinal Injuries Centre). Savile also raised money for St Francis Ward – a ward for children and teens with spinal cord injuries.
    Savile also worked as a volunteer at Leeds General Infirmary and at Broadmoor Hospital. In 1988 he was appointed chairman of a task force set up to advise on governing Broadmoor. Savile had his own room at both Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor.[51] It was later reported that Savile regularly sexually abused vulnerable patients at these hospitals.[52]
    From 1974 to 1988 he was the honorary president of Phab (Physically Handicapped in the Able Bodied community).[53]
    He also sponsored medical students at the University of Leeds to perform undergraduate research in the Leeds University Research Enterprise scholarship scheme (known as LURE), donating over £60,000 every year, giving young medics a helping hand.[54] In 2010 the scheme was extended with a commitment of £500,000 over the following five years.[55] Following Savile's death in October 2011 it was confirmed that a bequest had been made to allow continued support for the LURE programme.[56]
    Savile was also well known for running marathons (many of them again for Phab, including their annualhalf marathon around Hyde Park). He completed the London Marathon in 2005, at the age of 79.

    Honours

    Death

    Savile's coffin on display at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, 8 November 2011
    Savile was found dead at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, on 29 October 2011, two days short of his 85th birthday.[67][68] He had recently been in hospital with pneumonia, and his death was not treated as suspicious.[67] His closed satin gold coffin was displayed at theQueens Hotel in Leeds,[69][70] together with the last cigar he smoked and his two This Is Your Life books.[71] About 4,000 people visited to pay tribute.[72] His funeral took place at Leeds Cathedral on 9 November 2011,[73] and he was buried at Woodlands Cemetery inScarborough.[74][75] As his will had specified, his coffin was inclined at 45 degrees to fulfil his wish to "see the sea".[75][76] The coffin was later encased in concrete "as a security measure".[77]
    An auction of Savile's possessions on 30 July 2012 saw his silver Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible go for £130,000 to an Internet bidder. The vehicle's number plate, JS 247, featured the original medium wave wavelength used by BBC Radio 1 (247 metres).[78][79]
    A memorial plaque was placed on the wall of Savile's former home in Scarborough, but was removed in 2012 after it was defaced with graffiti.[80] A wooden statue of Savile installed at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow was removed around the same time.[81] A sign on a footpath in Scarborough bearing Savile's surname was removed.[82] On 9 October 2012, the headstone of Savile's grave was removed, with his family citing "respect [for] public opinion". The headstone was broken up and sent to a landfill.[83]

    Works

    Books
    • Jimmy Savile, As it happensISBN 0-214-20056-6, Barrie & Jenkins 1974 (autobiography)
    • Jimmy Savile, Love is an Uphill ThingISBN 0-340-19925-3, Coronet 1976 (softback edition of As it Happens)
    • Jimmy Savile, God'll Fix ItISBN 0-264-66457-4, Mowbray, Oxford 1979
    Recordings

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    An old friend of Jimmy Savile who worked with him to raise funds for Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the 1970s has said she was saddened by allegations of sexual abuse against him but never saw him do anything "inappropriate".

    Sylvia Nicol told Daybreak on Friday: "I am very sad, I don't like it, it takes away 40 years of very happy, very good memories.

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    Jimmy Savile has been accused of molesting a brain-damaged girl in hospital

    "Knowledge of all the good Jimmy did, because from the time he came to Stoke Mandeville I only saw him do good."

    But Caroline Moore has claimed she was assaulted by Savile at the age of 13 while being treated for spinal injuries at the Buckinghamshire hospital in 1971, the Press Association reported.

    Nurses at the hospital are also understood to have dreaded Savile's visits because of his behaviour and would tell children to stay in bed and pretend to be asleep when he came round.

    Mrs Moore, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, told BBC Radio Scotland: "I was outside a ward or a gym and he came out and just rammed his tongue down my throat.

    "I told my family at the time. They didn't take it seriously because he was such a high profile character."

    Police believe Savile could have abused as many as 25 victims over a period of 40 years, and have so far formally recorded a number of criminal allegations against him including rape and indecent assault.

    Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Tayside are the latest forces to say allegations have been made.

    A woman told Greater Manchester Police of a sexual relationship she had with Savile from the age of 15, while a second said she was groped by him in Salford when she was under 16.

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    Allegations of abuse against the former DJ date back to the 1960s

    Another woman told Tayside Police she was targeted in the Liverpool area, an alleged victim told North Yorkshire Police she was preyed on by Savile in Scarborough in the 1980s, and two women complained to Lancashire Police about incidents when one was 14, in the 1960s, and the other 15, in the 1980s.

    June Thornton, a patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972, said she saw Savile abuse someone she thought was a brain-damaged girl.

    Ms Thornton said that when she told a nurse about the abuse, she was ignored.

    "I thought he was a visitor coming to see her. He started rubbing his hands down her arms and then, I don't know of a nice way to put it, but he molested her. He helped himself. She just sat there and couldn't do anything about it," she told ITV News.

    Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Stoke Mandeville, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said they were helping police with their investigations.

    The number of allegations against Savile has been branded a "cesspit" by BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten who pledged to hold an independent inquiry as swiftly as possible after the police investigation.

    It emerged on Thursday that BBC director-general George Entwistle has asked a senior colleague to answer journalists' questions on the dropping of a documentary about Savile.

    Ken MacQuarrie, director of BBC Scotland, will speak to Newsnight journalists about the aborted broadcast after several of them wrote to Mr Entwistle to ask why the film was not aired.

    The BBC's reputation is increasingly under fire after an avalanche of allegations that the corporation was aware of claims about Savile's actions, but did nothing about them.

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    Savile raised millions for charity, especially for Stoke Mandeville Hospital

    David Nicolson, who worked as a director on Jim'll Fix It, claimed to have caught Savile having sex with a girl in his dressing room, but was laughed away when he voiced his concerns, The Sun said.

    Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party, told BBC1's Question Time that it "seems unimaginable" that people at the BBC were unaware of the child abuse allegations.

    He said: "What happened now appears to be outrageous. It's particularly disturbing that a programme paying tribute, a three-parter, went out just last Christmas after it was already known at senior levels within the BBC that something was wrong, enough to have had a serious Newsnight programme made about it and enough to raise serious concerns.

    "I do think there are definitely questions that do need answering."

    Mr Nicolson told The Sun he caught Savile having sex with a "very, very young" girl in his dressing room.

    "It was a bog standard changing room in the basement. They both quickly pulled up their pants. The girl could have been 16, maybe 15. But she was just one of many - he always had one in the room."

    When he reported the incident, he said he was told: "That's Jimmy. I was revolted by his behaviour. They just shrugged it off, saying 'Yeah, yeah - that's the way it goes'."

    He added: "Everyone knew what was going on. That includes senior BBC people - chiefs at the highest levels."

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    Attacks on Jews in Britain and Europe are rising as the violence in Gaza continues.

    According to the Community Security Trust, a group which protects Jewish people, there have been 24 incidents in Britain since December 29.

    This includes an arson attack on a synagogue in London.

    "There has been a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, especially when compared with what is usually a very quiet time of year for racist, anti-Jewish attacks," spokesman Mark Gardner said. 

    "It is a pattern with which we and the police are now sadly familiar, whereby hysteria is whipped up against Israel, and British Jews then suffer a wave of anti-Semitism."

    In the attack on the synagogue in Brondesbury north west London, arsonists tried to smash a window.

    They failed because of the toughened protective glass.

    In another incident, a gang of youths in Golders Green, north west London, tried to enter Jewish shops on New Year's Eve while shouting "Jew".

    Nearby, a Jewish man was pulled from his car and assaulted by three men, but not seriously hurt.

    There have also been incidents outside London, including graffiti on a synagogue, anti-Semitic hate mail sent to another, and "Hamas HQ" graffiti on a Jewish building in Manchester.

    Police in one of the North East's biggest Jewish communities have stepped up their patrols. 

    The Northumbria force said it had increased its presence in the Bensham area of Gateshead, home to around 5,000 Orthodox Jews.

    And violence against Jews is increasing in other parts of Europe.

    Assailants rammed a burning car into the gates of a synagogue in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday night.

    On Sunday slogans including "murderers ... You broke the cease-fire" and "don't subject Palestine to ethnic cleansing" were daubed on Israel's embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

    In Denmark, a 27-year-old Dane born in Lebanon of Palestinian parents is alleged to have injured two young Israelis last week, opening fire with a handgun.

    And the government in Belgium has ordered police in Antwerp and Brussels to be on increased alert after recent pro-Palestinian protests ended in violence and dozens of arrests.

    Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne has written to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith about the apparent rise in anti-Semitic incidents.

    Mr Huhne said: "I am deeply concerned by the evidence in the Community Security Trust's report that the Israeli invasion of Gaza is being used as a pretext for threats against the Jewish community in Britain.

    "It has already had to invest substantially in extra security even for public institutions such as state-maintained Jewish faith schools, on the advice of local police forces."

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    Southern Lebanon residents look to Gaza with angst

    Akil Sayegh will not stick around this time. Like many of his fellow residents in this southern Lebanese town pummeled during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, he stands ready to flee at the first sign of a renewed conflict.

    "We will leave the country in the event of war because this time there will be no place for us to hide if Israel strikes," he said, the devastating 2006 war that left some 1,200 mostly Lebanese civilians dead still fresh in his mind.

    Qana grabbed headlines at the time after an Israeli raid left nearly 30 people dead, most of them women and children. The village 10 years earlier had also been the scene of Israeli strikes which killed 105 civilians who had sought shelter in a UN base during the Jewish state's "Grapes of Wrath" offensive on Lebanon.

    A father of four, Sayegh has already packed a tent in the trunk of his car, purchased extra diapers for his three-month-old and stocked up on essential items.

    "I will head straight to the southern coastal town of Tyre at the first sign of trouble and leave by boat," he said as he huddled around a television set with fellow villagers at a local cafe to watch the latest developments in Gaza.

    He recalled the wave of panic that spread through the village at the weekend when two Israeli jets overflew the region.

    "Suddenly you had everyone in the village running for cover," he said.

    Imad Chebli, 32, said locals were living in fear with everyone glued to their television sets since the Israeli offensive on Gaza began on December 27 in a bid to halt rocket attacks by Hamas fighters.

    Still, like dozens of residents interviewed this week in several southern Lebanese villages, where Hezbollah has a strong presence, Chebli and Sayegh believe that the Shiite group will come out victorious in the event of a new conflict.

    Many say under cover of anonymity that Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria and is considered a terrorist organization by Washington, has mobilized its troops and readied its weapons arsenal since the Gaza offensive began.

    However the Lebanese government, in which Hezbollah is represented, has played down the possibility that the c