Savile 'groomed the nation'

Two separate reports have revealed how Jimmy Savile was "a prolific, predatory sex offender" who could have been prosecuted for offences against at least three victims while he was alive.

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Criminologist: Number of Savile victims 'could double'

The number of victims who fell prey to Jimmy Savile could double, with current figures "a mere drop in the ocean", the child protection expert who helped expose the late entertainer as a paedophile has warned.

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist who led the initial ITV Exposure documentary that revealed the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, said he could have targeted hundreds more victims.

Jimmy Savile pictured in February 1982 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"For anybody who works in this area the sheer scale is quite shocking. When you deal with sex offenders they are quite specific in their targeting", Mr Williams-Thomas said.

"What is different with Savile is that there's no specific target in terms of ages or sexes. He ranged from male to female, children to adults. It's truly shocking", he added.

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