Savile programme child claim

Jimmy Savile created his TV shows to gain access to children, Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert and criminologist who helped expose the late entertainer as a paedophile, has said.

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Former ITV newsreader 'laughed at' after reporting Savile

Alan Hardwick claims that he saw Jimmy Savile, pictured, grope a young girl in a Yorkshire Television studio. Credit: PA

A former ITV newsreader claims he was “laughed at” when he told colleagues that he saw Jimmy Savile grope a young girl in a TV studio in the 1980s.

Alan Hardwick, now 63, worked for Yorkshire Television when he says Savile had “about half a dozen girls with him. They were probably 12 or 13.”

"They were about to go on set so I decided I would speak to Savile later but before I left he squeezed the bottom of the little girl to his right who he had his arm around."

Mr Hardwick said he raised the issue with a manager, who explained Savile was “just being friendly.”

He told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I mentioned it to other people in the industry and at the BBC and I was laughed at because they all said, 'Don't you know that Savile likes them young?' I felt a bit of a fool.”

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Alleged victim wants 'arrests and justice'

A woman, who claims she was raped by one of Jimmy Savile's colleagues, is adamant that she wants to see arrests and some justice.

She has informed the police of her allegations.

The woman, who wants to be known as "Penny," is a former model who had been invited to the BBC to be on one of Jimmy Savile's shows in the 1970s.

"Penny" claims she was raped by one of Jimmy Savile's colleagues.

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