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Jimmy Savile stripped of honorary degree

The University of Bedfordshire has stripped Sir Jimmy Savile of an honorary degree it awarded him for his charity work.

Governors met on Thursday night after more allegations of sexual assault emerged against the Jim'll Fix It star.

They took the decision to rescind the honour which was awarded back in 2009 for his services to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at the Stoke Mandeville hospital. It comes as police confirmed they were investigating around 340 lines of enquiry relating to historic abuse claims.

The honorary award for Jimmy Savile was in recognition of his charitable fund raising. It was given in good faith in 2009 without the knowledge of the current very serious allegations. In this light, the University has confirmed that the honorary award should be rescinded."

– University of Bedfordshire