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Rise in child sex crimes reported after Savile scandal

Jimmy Savile, photographed in 2010. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More people than ever in our region are reporting child sex crimes in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The figures, released by the NSPCC showed numbers had increased by more than a third in a year. The majority of victims were between 12 and 16 years old, but more than one in four were younger.

Did Savile target Gloucestershire children's home?

Jimmy Savile. Credit: PA

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has asked Gloucestershire County Council to investigate claims that the late DJ Jimmy Savile abused children at the former Parklands children's home. The home in Whitminster opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002. It has since been demolished.

The request was made following developments in the Met Police's inquiry into Jimmy Savile's crimes. The Council says it will work with Gloucestershire Police to investigate the allegations.


6 alleged Savile offences reported to police in the West

A report out by the NSPCC and the Metropolitan Police Service into the alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile has found that a number of his alleged victims were from the South West.

Four offences were reported to Dorset Police, one to Avon and Somerset Police and one to Wiltshire Police.

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