The Metropolitan Police has said it has agreed to take the national lead in "assessing" allegations made against Sir Jimmy Savile:
The Metropolitan Police Service has today, Thursday 4 October, agreed to take the national lead in assessing the recent information regarding allegations made against the late Jimmy Savile.
The assessment will be undertaken by the Serious Case Team of the Met's Child Abuse Investigation Command under the leadership of Detective Superintendent David Gray.
Our priority will be to ensure a proportionate and consistent policing response putting the victims at the heart of our enquiries. It is too early to say how many individual allegations there are, and we will be making contact with all those concerned in due course.
It is not an investigation at this stage.
We will be working closely with the BBC investigations unit.
Anyone else with information is urged to make contact with their local police so that any further information can then be passed to us.
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