Savile colleague allegedly raped woman on BBC premises

'Penny' claims she was raped by one of Jimmy Savile's colleagues.

A colleague of Jimmy Savile allegedly raped a woman on BBC premises in 1970, ITV News has been told.

The alleged victim, who wishes to be known as 'Penny,' is a former model who had been invited to the BBC to be on one of Savile's shows.

She told ITV News that Savile's colleague "raped me without a shred of a doubt".

UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

'Penny' has informed the police of her allegations and now wants to see arrests and some justice.

The latest allegation comes after Scotland Yard confirmed that officers investigating the Savile abuse scandal are dealing with around 300 alleged victims.

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

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

Jimmy Savile at the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2005. Credit: PA Wire

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

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

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

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

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

– Commander Peter Spindler

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

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

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

Jimmy Savile pictured in 1998. Credit: PA Wire

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

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

Mr Spindler said Savile was "undoubtedly" one of the most prolific sex offenders of recent history.

He said allegations reported today that doctors in hospitals had been involved in abuse "hadn't come through to us at the moment".

He said that the weight of evidence against the late DJ was overwhelming and that police "have to believe what they are saying because they are all saying the same thing independently".