199 Savile 'abuse victims'

Police investigating claims of sexual assault by Jimmy Savile say they have recorded 199 alleged crimes against the dead presenter, 31 of which are rape claims. 589 people have come forward with information, 450 of which were Savile-related.

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Met Police: 31 allegations of rape against Savile

Peter Spindler, Head of Specialist Crime Operations at the Metropolitan Police, said today that 450 people had come forward with accusations of offences relating to Jimmy Savile.

"Of that 450, we have recorded 199 allegations of crime against him, and 31 of those specifically relate to allegations of rape by Savile," he said.

He added that of the total number of people who came forward, 82% were women and 80% were children when the offences are alleged to have taken place.

"Savile's offending peaked in the 70s," he said.

Met Police commander pays tribute to abuse victims

Once again I want to pay tribute to those who have spoken out and bravely shared their experiences of sexual assault.

As a result of their collective efforts we have a great opportunity to learn from the past, develop our understanding of sexual exploitation and improve our safeguarding procedures.

Our response should send a clear warning to anyone today now in a position of power and influence who abuse their status to sexually exploit children and young people - victims will be listened to and robust action taken."

– Commander Peter Spindler, Head of Specialist Crime Investigations

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