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Savile victims' lawyer: He was not 'phenomenon of 70s'

Jimmy Savile was not "just a phenomenon of the 60s and 70s" and echoes of his abuse can be heard today, according to the lawyer for 170 of the TV presenter's victims.

Liz Dux from lawyers Slater and Gordon told Good Morning Britain she still encounters adults who cover up child abuse to protect their employers' reputation.

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Jimmy Savile was a 'horrific, prolific sex offender'

The late TV presenter Jimmy Savile was a "horrific, prolific sex offender" who abused his fame and power to get away with his crimes "for so long", the NSPCC has said.

The NSPCC's Director of Child Protection Advice and Support, Peter Watt, spoke to Good Morning Britain after the children's charity released figures showing Savile had abused children "as young as two", with at least 500 of his victims coming forward.

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NSPCC: Jimmy Savile 'most prolific sex offender'

The NSPCC believe that Jimmy Savile could be the most prolific child abuser that they have ever discovered in the United Kingdom.

Peter Watt, the NSPCC's director of child protection, said: "There's no doubt that Savile is one of the most, if not the most, prolific sex offender that we at the NSPCC have ever come across.

What you have is somebody who at his most prolific lost no opportunity to identify vulnerable victims and abuse them."

The joint BBC investigation between Panorama and The World At One, which airs today on BBC One and BBC Radio 4, asks how the DJ got so close to the heart of Britain's establishment and why in 1972 the BBC failed to take effective action that might have saved young people from abuse.

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Savile's Broadmoor abuse higher than previously feared

The NSPCC report also claims that Saville's offending in Broadmoor Hospital is higher than previously thought, with Thames Valley Police having received at least 16 reports of abuse by him inside the secure hospital.

The report also claims that senior civil servants wrongly referred to the Top Of The Pops presenter as "doctor" - completely unaware of the trauma he was inflicting on some children behind closed hospital doors.

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Savile abused 'children as young as two'

Sir Jimmy Savile at the unveiling of a contemporary sculpture in 2005. Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive

At least 500 children, some as young as two years old, were abused by disgraced television personality Jimmy Saville during his vile reign as one of the UK's most prolific sex offenders, new research shows.

A study carried out by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, commissioned for the BBC's Panorama programme, reveals secret confidential documents examining the scope of Savile's offending and his unprecedented access to Broadmoor hospital, where some of the abuse happened.

Arrest in Savile inquiry

An 82-year-old man from Berkshire has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation, the Metropolitan Police said.

The pensioner is one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree - the Met's investigation into alleged offending by Savile and "others".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the man, who has not been named, was interviewed under caution on November 29 last year, five days after a search warrant was executed at an address in Berkshire. He has been bailed until May, while further inquiries are carried out.

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Surrey: 'Intelligence sharing is critical'

Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby Credit: Surrey Police

Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby says the force agrees with and accepts HMIC conclusions that there are a number of learning points to come out of the Savile case.

"The HMIC review is clear that intelligence sharing between forces was critical to the eventual outcome of allegations made against Savile in his lifetime.

"I welcome their acknowledgement that in 2007 victims were taken seriously by Surrey Police and allegations were recorded correctly, but our investigators were unable to benefit from knowledge of any previous allegations made elsewhere in the country despite conducting national intelligence checks.

"The review concludes that, had Surrey investigators been made aware of these previous reports, our investigation would have been scaled up accordingly. One of the key issues was the decision not to share accounts between victims.

"Whilst the HMIC agree this was initially done correctly in order to avoid any suggestion of collusion between victims, the force accepts it should have been reviewed at a later stage and balanced against the confidence of victims to support the legal process.

"As the Director of Public Prosecutions has previously acknowledged, the officers working on this case were experienced and committed individuals who acted in good faith.

"We therefore support his recent announcement that the approach to victim credibility in the Criminal Justice System is flawed and the current national guidelines must be replaced.

"Surrey Police has already instigated its own programme of work to improve victim and witness care in historic sexual assault cases.

"As part of this, the Chief Constable has requested the College of Policing conduct a peer review looking at how victims and witnesses are supported to ensure we are taking the right approach going forward."

Sussex Police: 'We have improved service to victims'

Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Giles York Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Giles York has commented on the HMIC report, which criticises the way allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile were handled.

"We will study carefully this new report to ensure we understand all the further lessons that can be learned. I believe that victims of sexual crimes in Sussex can be very confident that their cases will treated compassionately and professionally.

"As soon as news about Jimmy Saville started to break in October last year, we commenced our own detailed internal management review, including looking at all our investigation reports, revisiting the victims in Sussex and talking to the officers involved. As a result we have improved our service.

"Sussex Police have spoken with 30 people who have come forward since October 2012, regarding incidents relating to Jimmy Savile. Six of these were victims of crimes committed in Sussex.

"We are encouraged by increased reporting, which indicates that victims are now confident enough to make their report and we will endeavour to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

"If there is any positive to be gained from the desperately disturbing revelations of the last six months, then I hope that a growing confidence in the way such crimes are investigated will be it."

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