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Country will share 'deep revulsion at Savile's abuse'

Jimmy Savile was a "callous, opportunistic, wicked predator" who abused people who had a right to be safe, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.

Victims were let down as "people and institutions turned a blind eye" to Savile's crimes, Hunt said.

Hunt said the whole country will share a "deep sense of revulsion" at the details of Savile's crimes.

"He was a sickening and prolific sexual abuser who repeatedly exploited the trust of a nation for his own vile purposes," Hunt told MPs as he apologised on behalf of the government and NHS.

Health Secretary apologises for Savile hospital abuse

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised on behalf of the government and NHS for letting down the victims of Jimmy Savile, after a series of investigations found Savile had subjected patients in hospitals to "sickening" sexual abuse.

Jeremy Hunt addressing MPs in the Commons.

"Today I want to apologise on behalf of the Government and the NHS to all the victims who were abused by Savile in NHS-run institutions," Mr Hunt told MPs.

"We let them down badly and however long ago it may have been, many of them are still reliving the pain they went through.

"If we cannot undo the past, I hope that honesty and transparency about what happened can at least alleviate some of the suffering, it's the least we owe them."

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Jimmy Savile victim: Leeds hospital let me down

A woman who was sexually assaulted in a hospital basement by Jimmy Savile when she was a teenage patient said she feels "betrayed" by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

A woman who was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile in the basement of a hospital wants reassurances such abuse can never happen again. Credit: PA

The now 57-year-old was abused by the disgraced entertainer in Leeds General Infirmary in 1973, when he was volunteering as a porter at the hospital.

She said wants an apology from the trust and reassurances such abuse can never happen again.

The woman, who was an in-patient at the time, said that she had attempted to report the abuse to nurses, but they laughed off her complaints.

"In my opinion, the hospital let me down," she told the Press Association. "They let me down by allowing that to happen, but they also let me down two years ago when they didn't acknowledge it had happened."

"The fact that they just didn't even reply to my emails until I really bombarded them, and then they did. That's like I was betrayed twice, let down twice, the fact they didn't believe me."

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'Serious' allegation of death of child in Savile report passed to Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police are carrying out an investigation into allegations that Jimmy Savile was involved in the death of a child at a children's care home near Loughborough in the 1960s. The allegation came from an informant who also claimed to have been abused by someone called "Jimmy".

When being interviewed as part of Operation Yewtree, the informant said that a child who lived at Roecliffe Manor in Woodhouse Eaves was seen being dragged away by "Jimmy" and a friend. The following day he was told that child had died. Investigators have passed their findings to the police.

Leicestershire Police has received the report on Roecliffe Manor, and started an investigation to determine if abuse took place and if so to what extent.

That investigation is ongoing.

– Leicestershire Police Statement
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Savile family react to report findings

The family of Jimmy Savile say they are devastated by the findings of reports into the disgraced TV star's behaviour at hospitals across the UK.

We are truly devastated by this report and its findings. It is hard to believe the extent of what has happened. It seems that the Jimmy Savile we knew, and the one the public knew, is a completely different person to the one described in this report.

– Savile family statement

Broadmoor report: Clear failings over Jimmy Savile

The Broadmoor Hospital report into Jimmy Savile found there were clear failings in the way access to the hospital was controlled during the time he was connected to the institution.

It noted:

  • A closed and introspective institutional culture, encouraging a custodial approach to 'inmates' and permitting instances or harsh treatment
  • A 'notable absence of written polices and procedures' over most of the time Savile was involved with the hospital
  • Savile had keys allowing him unrestricted access to ward areas within the security perimeter
  • Sexual relationships between staff and patients were tolerated in what was a "clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards".

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Savile 'made rings from glass eyes of dead bodies'

Jimmy Savile claimed to more than one person that some of his elaborate rings were made using the glass eyes of dead bodies from his "friends" at Leeds General Infirmary, Dr Sue Proctor, lead investigator at LGI, said.

The late entertainer, who had spoken of his interest in dead bodies in various media interviews, told a student nurse that he committed sex acts on the bodies in the hospital's mortuary when it was "quiet".

Savile's attitude at Broadmoor was seen as 'just Jimmy'

Savile's "often flamboyantly inappropriate" attitude towards women was see as part of his public act, "just Jimmy", the report found. Credit: PA

An investigation into Jimmy Savile's conduct at Broadmoor Hospital found that as well as discouraging complaints,** **sexual relationships between staff and patients were tolerated in what was a "clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards".

The report noted that Savile would watch as female patients undressed for baths in the wards, and at other times looked through doorways while making inappropriate comments.

Savile's "often flamboyantly inappropriate" attitude towards women was see as part of his public act, "just Jimmy", the report found.

Broadmoor: Savile was an 'adept manipulator of people'

A report by Broadmoor Hospital into abuse undertaken by its former patron Jimmy Savile described the late entertainer as an "adept manipulator of people".

Jimmy Savile was an 'arch manipulator of people' Credit: PA

It said as well as having his own keys and accommodation on the premises, he used his influence at the hospital to have a close associate appointed as general manager, who remained in charge of the institution for eight years.

Savile "used this connection and the 'friends in high places' he boasted of" to threaten staff with dismissal if they complained about his behaviour, the report said.

While Savile's "unconventional and promiscuous lifestyle" was apparent at the time, the hospital said there was no evidence that officials "knew anything of the very much darker side that has since become evident."

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