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Report sheds light on scale of Savile abuse

Reports published today shed new light on the scale of Jimmy Savile's abuse and the ease with which he targeted vulnerable victims at hospitals across the country.

At one of them, Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, ten people told authorities how Savile had assaulted them, yet each of their complaints was ignored. It was just one instance of how Savile's celebrity status allowed him to carry on his reign of abuse over four decades.

You may find some of the details in David Hirst's report upsetting:

On Calendar we spoke to Peter Saunders, who is the founder of the support charity the National Association of People Abused as Children:

North Yorkshire deli crowned Britain's best small shop

A deli in North Yorkshire has been crowned Britain's best small shop.

Hunters of Helmsley, a family-run business won The Best Small Shops Competition 2015, beating off more than 320 shops across the country to the accolade.

The Independent Retailers Confederation narrowed the list down to 20 businesses before announcing Hunters of Helmsley as the winner.

The judging panel which included industry figures praised the shop's regional product sourcing and organisation of events to support the local high street.

The Best Small Shops Competition is organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Small Shops.

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'Nothing of significance found' in latest Claudia searches

Police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence say "nothing of significance" was found in the latest searches around her home.

'Nothing of significance found' in latest Claudia searches

The 35-year-old chef went missing from York six years ago and police say they are still unsure whether she left her house to go to work on the day she disappeared.

On Wednesday, specialist search officers and police dogs searched an alleyway beside her house.

We still don’t know if Claudia left for work on the morning of Thursday 19th March 2009, or whether something happened overnight within her house. If the latter is the case the person or persons responsible, in my view, would have used the rear alleyway as the front door leads onto a busy main road. This is why this specific piece of information needs to be fully investigated. We still don’t know if Claudia left for work on the morning of Thursday 19th March 2009, or whether something happened overnight within her house. If the latter is the case the person or persons responsible, in my view, would have used the rear alleyway as the front door leads onto a busy main road. This is why this specific piece of information needs to be fully investigated.

– Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn

Humber NHS Trust chief confirms fresh Savile investigation

The chief executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that the authority has launched a fresh investigation into the conduct of disgraced TV personality Jimmy Savile.

The investigation focuses on a period of time in the 1970s and is being carried out in light of fresh information that has come to light.

We will continue to thoroughly investigate the allegations into the activity of Savile on our premises, as we would any serious incident, with oversight via statutory local safeguarding arrangements. The Savile Legacy Unit has supported the establishment of our investigation process.

It is important that the investigation is thorough and robust. The report will be published once the investigation is completed.

– David Hill, Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust

New probes are also being carried out at Mersey Care and Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust in London.

Savile was a 'frequent' visitor to Rampton Hospital, say reports

Jimmy Savile had frequent access to high security Rampton Hospital during the 1970s and 1980s, according to the new reports.

He is said to have behaved inappropriately on four occasions, including moving his hand to one person's "nether region" and tickling his hand.

Savile went on trips to Scarborough by bus and train with patients and staff from the Nottinghamshire hospital in 1971 and 1972, investigators found, but there was no evidence about whether his presence was appropriate so they would not speculate on the issue.

Savile was a "'frequent" visitor to the hospital estate in the early 1970s, and entered the secure area on a number of occasions.<

The report said: "One current member of staff told us that, as a student nurse, he was in the recreation hall, within the secure area of the hospital, at a patient disco in the early 1970s. This was a supervised event at which JS (Savile) was present. This current member of staff went on to say that JS jumped from the stage, took his hand and kissed it. This member of staff reported that he was highly embarrassed by this unwanted action."

One person interviewed claimed to have seen Savile inside the hospital twice in a two-week period in either 1985 or 1986. "Whilst this person did not see JS with hospital security keys, he did not see him being supervised either."

Investigators said they received consistent reports that Savile generally visited the hospital estate in a motor home.

They found a photograph from about 1970 of Savile in the motor home at the hospital entrance building with eight children and two staff close by.

"One person we interviewed said that JS would drive around the hospital estate in his motor home whilst sounding a distinctive horn and that children would gather and follow behind. This person disclosed to us that JS beckoned him into a staff house, sat him on his knee and was sexually inappropriate by moving his hand to the individual's 'nether region' and also tickled his hand."

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