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Jeremy Hunt: What happened was horrific

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has addressed the Commons after reports were released today of abuse carried out by disgraced TV personality Jimmy Savile.

Jeremy Hunt: What happened was horrific

Mr Hunt reiterated the Government's apology from last year saying "what happened was horrific" and admitting that some people who had trusted authorities to protect them were let down.

"People were either too dazzled or too intimated by the nation's favourite celebrity to confront the evil predator that he was."

Yorkshire trusts publish Savile reports

Three other NHS trusts in Yorkshire published reports on Savile's activities today.

Yorkshire trusts publish Savile reports Credit: Press Association

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said it had examined a claim from a former student nurse about an incident during a placement in a Mencap nursery in Leeds between July 1981 and July 1982.

She said was told by the nursery "not to let Savile near the children". The investigators decided that "any reference to Savile was a nuisance to residents in the area he lived, rather than a threat to children."

The trust said today: "The investigation concluded that any possible comment made by the tutor to keep Savile away from the children at the Mencap nursery would have been made in order to protect them and the staff from the nuisance and intrusive nature of Savile's behaviour. It would not have been made with any knowledge that Savile posed a risk to them in terms of abuse."

Another allegation came from a former patient in the Royal Halifax Infirmary during the mid 1970s.

Julie Dawes, deputy chief executive and director of nursing at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) said the trust has thoroughly investigated the allegations and has been unable to find any evidence of Savile having any link to the Royal Halifax Infirmary at that time.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service looked at Savile's involvement with the former West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service, mainly between 1975 and 1995.

Steve Page, executive director for Standards and Compliance at Yorkshire Ambulance Service said, "Our investigation has found no evidence that Savile had committed any acts of sexual abuse during his association with us and our predecessor organisations.

"We recognise that it was entirely inappropriate for Savile to have had the access to ambulance service staff and patients that he did. It is regrettable that this level of access was available to him and we recognise the potential increased risk to patients and staff during this time."


Savile report hears from three victims of abuse at LGI

A report into abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile at Leeds General Infirmary has documented evidence from three victims and two witnesses.

Savile report hears from three victims of abuse at LGI Credit: Press Association

One victim, a 14-year-old boy referred to as KM, waiting for an X-ray described how the television personality approached him as he sat alone in a wheelchair. The boy then said Savile inappropriately touched him.

Another man referred to as WL, who was aged 29 when he was abused in 1988, described how he was approached by Savile who was dressed in what appeared to be medical uniform. Savile is reported to have chatted to WL before touching him and leaving. WL described feeling too embarrassed to report the incident to staff.

Another survivor of Savile's abuse was a student nurse, LV, in the early eighties, who said Savile grabbed her from behind as she was reaching into a cupboard. LV told investigators that she did not report the incident as she was worried about jeopardising her career.

A witness, TB, who was interviewed by investigators reported being sent to the mortuary, but was warned to "come back if the pink haired man is there". TB said she was confident the man in question was Jimmy Savile.

Another witness, XL, reported hearing rumours about Savile from a hospital porter in the mid seventies. He described going to pick up a patient for x-ray and entered the room as Savile quickly removed his hand from under the patient's blanket. The witness did not personally see any abuse taking place.

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Savile's abuse campaign 'could have been stopped'

A report into Savile's abuse at Stoke Mandeville hospital has been published today. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Jimmy Savile's decades of sexual abuse across the country could have been brought to a halt if a formal complaint had been properly dealt with, the author of a report into his behaviour at Stoke Mandeville hospital has said.

Dr Androulla Johnstone told a press conference that had the complaint, which was later dropped, been "managed properly", the entertainer "would probably have been apprehended at that point".

She added that the officials made aware of Savile's abuse had "failed in their duty to protect".

Dr Johnstone said around a third of his attacks were made against patients, 10 of whom were under the age of 12. They ranged from inappropriate touching to rape.

LGI nurse was 'warned of Savile in morgue'

A former nurse has said she was warned about the activities of someone she believes to have been Jimmy Savile in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) as long ago as 1954.

LGI nurse was 'warned of Savile in morgue' Credit: Press Association

The woman - referred to in today's report as TB - told investigators that as a trainee nurse in that year she was heading down to the hospital's mortuary when the ward sister told her "to be careful and come back if the pink-haired man is there".

The report said: "TB recalls that when she went to the mortuary, 'he was there so I turned round and went back to the ward'."

It said: "When we asked who TB thought the 'pink-haired man' was, TB was convinced that he was Savile."

Today's report said: "TB told us that she felt angry that there were people in a position of authority who she felt knew about Savile and she was cross that nobody said or did anything about it.

"TB was specifically referring to the ward sister, who warned her about 'pink hair', but also named the matron. TB felt that as they were in positions of authority, they would have known about Savile's activities but TB did not specify any abusive behaviour.

"TB was convinced that the matron also knew about the concerns related to Savile. TB named the ward sister and matron during her interview and she felt it is highly likely that they are both deceased as TB said that they were both middle-aged in 1954."

The woman is one of a number of new witnesses who have come forward since the main report on Savile's activities at the LGI was published last June.

That report outlined how the entertainer claimed to have "interfered with the bodies of deceased patients" at the LGI mortuary and a patient at another hospital overheard nurses discussing that they had seen Savile have sex with a dead body at another hospital.

Dr Sue Proctor, who led the main investigation into Savile's abuse at the LGI, told a press conference last year that Savile claimed that large rings he wore were "made from the glass eyes of dead bodies at the mortuary".

Savile's other victims at the LGI ranged from five-year-old children to pensioners and included men, women, boys and girls.

Three bailed over child sexual exploitation charges

Three men arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Sheffield and Rotherham have been released on bail.

The men, aged 21, 23 and 28-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of committing a number of sexual offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009 in Sheffield and Rotherham.

The men have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.


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Savile brother 'sexually abused women at a hospital'

Jimmy Savile's brother was likely also a serial sex abuser at a London hospital, a report today has claimed.

Johnny Savile, the entertainer's older brother who died in 1998, was accused of molesting and possibly raping women at Springfield Hospital in south London, the report said.

The claims were made between five women between 1978 and 1980, and related to his time as a recreation officer at the hospital in the 1970s - with the last two culminating with him being sacked for gross misconduct of a sexual nature in 1980

The allegations were uncovered by officers involved in Operation Yewtree.

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Eight-year-old among 60 abused by Jimmy Savile

Today's report into abuse by Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville hospital contains deeply distressing accounts of 60 people abused.

Included are some shocking accounts:

  • An eight-year-old visitor - the youngest victim - recalls being raped 10 times
  • 10 victims were under 12 at the time
  • 27 victims 15 or under
  • 10 complaints were made to staff and one also made to police

The report also found that enough was known about Savile's behaviour to have warranted assertive intervention at a senior level.

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Those who complained about Savile 'severely reprimanded'

Staff at Stoke Mandeville hospital who complained about Jimmy Savile's behaviour were "severely reprimanded for interfering", a report has found.

As ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports, the inquiry found that the hospital's ongoing reliance on his support prevented his behaviour being challenged.

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