Savile's penthouse to be gutted and resold

The penthouse flat once owned by notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile is being completely ripped out and gutted by builders.

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The flat - which was Savile's home for more than 30 years - has been bought by new owners for £300,000 and will now be completely transformed. Vlartin Newby, of Allerton Builders, will be leading the transformation of the fifth floor property, which overlooks Roundhay Park, Leeds.

He said: "I have been contracted to carry out major works on this property and work is starting. "We intend to rip out and remove the whole structure as it is in a very poor condition and given its previous owner, my clients and I are keen to remove and rebuild it completely.

"We are hoping to remove everything apart from the core which houses the services, lift and fire escape stairs.

"I am as keen as everyone else to get this apartment removed. It must have one of the best views in Leeds.

"The place will look completely different when it is finished."

The description of the property on Rightmove described the flat as "not for the faint-hearted or DIY enthusiast" and needed a "complete development".

The advert states: "Enjoying outstanding panoramic views over Roundhay Park and Waterloo Lake, all the way round to Soldiers Field. It requires complete redevelopment, yet offers scope and potential to create what could be a unique and enviable home."

Savile's former home first went on the market in September 2012, shortly before he was exposed as a serial sex attacker. It first sold a year ago for £250,000 which was £75,000 under the original sale price.