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Complaints against Savile in Greater Manchester rises to 11

The number of alleged victims of abuse by Jimmy Savile in Greater Manchester rises to 11. Photo: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

More complaints have been made to Greater Manchester police about the late Jimmy Savile, bringing the total number of alleged victims in the area to 11.

Nine of those allegations have been reported to the force in the last week.

Five complaints, dating back to the 1960s, have been passed on to the Metropolitan Police, who are leading a nationwide investigation into the children’s TV presenter, who died last year, aged 84.

A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police said: “As part of an investigation being headed by the Metropolitan Police Service intoallegations of sexual abuse made against the late James Savile, Greater Manchester Police has, to date, recorded five separate complaints.

“These are historic complaints dating back to the 1960s.

“These complaints have been passed to the Metropolitan Police Service for further assessment.”

Six more complaints, thought to be people coming forward offering wider evidence, have been made to Greater Manchester Police but have not yet been referred.

Allegations of child sex abuse against the children’s TV presenter have been mounting since an ITV programme, Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, made the issue public for the first time.

Since then, more than 60 victims from across the country have come forward and the Metropolitan Police is currently following 340 lines of enquiry into abuse claims spanning 40 years.

Last week, in the North West, it emerged a woman told Greater Manchester Police of a sexual relationship she had with Sir Jimmy Savile from the age of 15, while a second said he groped her in Salford when she was under 16.

Another woman told Tayside Police she was targeted in the Liverpool area and two women complained to Lancashire Police about incidents when one was 14, in the 1960s, and the other 15, in the 1980s.

Yesterday, the BBC launched two separate inquiries into the late Jimmy Savile, who died last October, aged 84.

Former judge Dame Janet Smith will lead the inquiry into practices and cultures at the BBC while Savile worked there.

And former Sky newsboss Nick Pollard will lead an inquiry, the Pollard review, into whether there were any failings in the BBC’s management of the Newsnight investigation relating to allegations of sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile, including the broadcast of tribute programmes on the BBC.