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Jimmy Savile's luxury penthouse demolished

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A luxury £300,000 penthouse in Leeds owned by Jimmy Savile has been demolished.

Workers removed the rooftop flat from a six-storey building this morning and are expected to replace it with 'a new [lightweight] steel framed structure.'

Savile, who is said to have sexually abused up to 500 victims, died in the rooftop flat in Roundhay Park in 2011.

It is thought that at least one person was abused there during the 30 years Savile lived in the building.

Savile bought the penthouse at the height of his fame in the 1970s

The flat is perhaps best known for hosting the weekly meetings of Leeds-born Savile's inner circle, dubbed The Friday Morning Club.

Once regarded as a luxury residence with some of the finest views in Leeds, its furnishings had grown tatty and outdated by the time of the star's death.

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In April this year, a firm called Ennerdale Apartments won planning permission for the redevelopment of the rooftop flat at the six-storey Lakeview Court building.

A document submitted as part of the successful planning application to Leeds City Council said the work would see the demolition of the penthouse and "construction of a new [lightweight] steel framed structure".

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Savile was exposed as a paedophile in 2012 and the following year a joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report branded him one of the UK's most prolific known sexual predators.