Jimmy Savile: 199 alleged crimes reported

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile Photo: Press Assocation

The Metropolitan Police gave an update on the status of its investigation into the Jimmy Savile abuse claims today.

It confirmed that 199 alleged crimes in 17 force areas have been recorded in which the late presenter is a suspect.

A total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Savile.

Ten weeks since the launch of Operation Yewtree - which is looking at the claims against Mr Savile, those against Savile and others, and others, police also revealed:

  • 589 people have come forward with information, 450 of which were Savile-related.
  • 82% of those coming forward reporting abuse are female.
  • 80% of total victims were children or young people.

The force said the sexual abuse allegations reported against a single person were "unprecedented" in the UK.

Peter Spindler, Head of Specialist Crime Operations at the Metropolitan Police, paid tribute to "those who have spoken out and bravely shared their experiences of sexual assault".

Scotland Yard also confirmed that the Jimmy Savile coverage has led to an increase in reporting of child abuse and rape.

Its rape investigation command, Sapphire, has seen an 100% increase in reported cases.

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said:

By bravely speaking out, Jimmy Savile's victims have given others the courage to report child abuse they have suffered themselves, or their concerns that a child is being sexually abused.

Child abuse remains widespread and children are suffering right now.

"We must do all we can to ensure this never happens again by listening to children, taking them seriously and taking action to protect them.

To date, Operation Yewtree detectives have detained seven suspects and helped in the arrest of three others elsewhere in the country, Scotland Yard said, adding: "More arrests nationally will be forthcoming."

Earlier today, former pop star Gary Glitter and a man in his 70s were re-bailed by police.

Glitter, 68, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was the first person to be detained, on October 28. He was questioned by officers and released on bail.

Gary Glitter pictured in 2008.
Gary Glitter was the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree Credit: PA

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Two men arrested in connection with Operation Yewtree - a man in his 60s and a man in his 70s - have been re-bailed to return on dates in February 2013."

Other high-profile names to have been questioned include celebrity publicist Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis.