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18 UK mosques 'agree to perform underage marriages'

Religious leaders appeared willing to agree to perform underage marriages at some mosques across the UK, an ITV Exposure investigation discovered.

Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl.

Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage but 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed.

UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Mosque condemns underage marriage

Abdul Kashem, a trustee of the Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre, in Manchester, condemned underage marriage.

His comments came after an ITV Exposure programme spoke to a man at the mosque claiming to be the Imam who said he would be willing to perform an Islamic marriage for a 14-year-old girl.

However Mr Kashem said the name mentioned in the report "doesn't belong to us".

He added: "It's an open office. It's a mosque. It's not something private and locked up. During the praying hours there are hundreds of people that come here. I don't know how old this guy is and it could be age differences and maybe making fun out of it."


Jimmy Savile 'involved in every single element of society'

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas has told Daybreak that Jimmy Savile got involved in every single element of society.

He said: "He organised it in such a way that it always gave him access to children or the opportunity to offend."

Williams-Thomas however admitted that some of the charity work Savile did was geniune.

He said: "The problem was that you don't know where you draw that line in respect whether is was genuine or whether it was for an alternative motive."

Savile 'would walk in' when patients were having a bath

A former female patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital told ITV's Exposure that Jimmy Savile would walk in while female patients were having a bath.

Former Top of the Pops presenter Jimmy Savile. Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Archive

She said: "He would come in when you'd be having a bath...he would just walk in."

Speaking anonymously, she added the star once tried to touch her breast - and when she reported him she spent months in solitary confinement.

Savile's former PA: 'Everybody was frightened of Jimmy'

Jimmy Savile's former personal assistant, Janet Cope, told ITV's Exposure that although she had never seen him abuse anyone, he was a controlling person.

Jimmy Savile. Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Wire

She added: "I knew how he operated so I was very wary of him and I felt there was an undercurrent, there was a bad side, which not many people saw."

At Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Ms Cope said Savile held a position of real authority, adding: "He controlled everything. He controlled me. Everybody was - I'm going to use the word frightened - of him."

Jimmy Savile: NSPCC Helpline details

Anyone affected by the issues raised in ITV1 Exposure Update: The Savile Files can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or their local police force.

You can also contact the National Association for People Abused in Childhood by calling 0800 085 3330.

The Helpline is open 10.00am-9.00pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am-6.00pm on Fridays

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