The former head of Operation Yewtree has admitted police "got some things wrong" during the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.Read the full story ›
A senior police officer today said that Jimmy Savile used his celebrity to cover up reports of sex abuse, so that he was able to "hide" his crimes, "in plain sight".
Two reports released today expose how over six decades, Savile ruthlessly exploited teenaged and children, on a scale never seen before. UK Editor Lucy Manning reports.
An alleged victim of Savile says she was told by police in 2008 that she risked being branded a 'liar', while his lawyers 'made mincemeat of her'.
Because he had plenty of money, Jimmy Savile would have the best lawyers, it would all take place in a big court in London and his lawyers would make mincemeat of her. She also got the clear impression from the police that she would be publicly branded a liar and that her name would be all over the newspapers, particularly if she lost the case.
An allegation also emerged today that Jimmy Savile sexually touched a girl aged between 13 and 16 at the final regular recording of 'Top Of The Pops' at Television Centre in 2006.
Speaking to our UK Editor Lucy Manning, Met Commander Peter Spindler said he hoped today's reports would help give victims a voice and sense of justice.
The BBC today said it was "appalled" that some of the offences by Jimmy Savile "were committed on its premises", adding that it "would like to restate our sincere apology to the victims of these crimes".
The Prime Minister's view of this is that it is absolutely right that every institution involved gets to the bottom of what has gone on.