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Statement from Buckinghamshire Healthcare

The NHS Trust which runs Stoke Mandeville Hospital has issued a statement following the announcement that a The Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Charitable Trust is to close.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare understands and supports the Charitable Trust’s decision to close. We thank the trustees for their support and wish them the best for the future.

– Buckinghamshire Healthcare Statement

Savile charity 'will live on'

Television personality and charity fundraiser Jimmy Savile holds up a Daffodil and a medal after finishing the Marathon. Credit: Press Association

The Trustees of the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Charitable Trust have released a statement on their website saying that "Jimmy's charitable trust will live on as he wished".

It's understood that the charity's funds are to be redistributed as it closes because of the association with the former BBC presenter.

BREAKING: Jimmy Savile charities to close

A charity set up by Jimmy Savile to support the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire is to close.

It's one of two which has decided to disband due to the scandal surrounding the former BBC television presenter.

The Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust said it had considered changing its names, but felt it would always be linked with Savile.

Savile investigation now a criminal inquiry

Jimmy Savile was a huge supporter of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. Credit: PA

The inquiry into alleged child abuse by Jimmy Savile is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people, Scotland Yard said today.

Savile was a huge supporter of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, and there have been claims in recent weeks that he abused patients there.

Operation Yewtree has moved from an assessment to a criminal investigation after detectives established there are lines of inquiry involving "living people that require formal investigation".

Scotland Yard said two weeks of gathering information has involved assessing more than 400 lines of inquiry and has identified more than 200 potential victims.

The force said: "As we have said from the outset, our work was never going to take us into a police investigation into Jimmy Savile.

"What we have established in the last two weeks is that there are lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation."


Inquiry into Jimmy Savile's role at Broadmoor in 1980s

Jimmy Savile in his office Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

The government is to launch an inquiry into its own decision to appoint Jimmy Savile as a head of a 'task force" overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital in the 1980s.

Allegations emerged this week that Savile had abused patients at the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire after being given free access to the wards.

He was a volunteer there for four decades, had his own set of keys and in 1988 was appointed to help oversee the running of the hospital, something the Department of Health now says should never have happened.

Broadmoor in the 1980s Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

Policeman "tried to blow whistle"on Savile

A retired policeman says he tried to blow the whistle on Jimmy Savile's behaviour back in the 1970s - but his claims were dismissed.

John Lindsay was a detective constable with Thames Valley Police when he raised concerns about the star's treatment of girls at Stoke Mandeville.

His revelations come as a former patient claims Savile abused her at the hospital. Kate Bunkall reports

Patients from two hospitals claim Savile abuse

It's been claimed that nurses at a hospital in the South dreaded visits by Jimmy Savile - and told young patients to pretend to be asleep when he was around.

The TV presenter regularly went to Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire and raised millions of pounds for its spinal unit. Police have contacted managers as part of investigations into sexual abuse allegations.

The hospital says it has "no record" of inappropriate behaviour - but is co-operating fully with the police. And, today a patient from another hospital - Broadmoor - claims they, too, suffered abuse. Reshma Rumsey has been following the story.

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