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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.

Savile abused South West children: full report

Police are investigating claims that Jimmy Savile sexually abused young and vulnerable people in the South West - including one at a hospital in Exeter.

The allegations, which have been published in a report by the NSPCC and the Metropolitan police, span five decades. They involve people from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Our reporter John Andrews reports from Exeter:

Alleged Savile abuse at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

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.

Five offences were reported to Devon and Cornwall Police and four to Dorset Police. The report also states that one of those alleged offences took place in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in 1970.

For more on the story head to the ITV National News website.

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