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Savile cops: 40 potential victims

Scotland Yard is now pursuing 340 lines of inquiry in the Jimmy Savile abuse case involving 40 potential victims.

So far 12 allegations of sexual offences have been officially recorded but this number is increasing, the force said.

Metropolitan Police detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the late television presenter continues to rise.

Since ITV screened a documentary in which five women alleged they had been abused, new claims about Savile's predatory behaviour have emerged on a daily basis.

They include allegations that he targeted young hospital patients at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, and Leeds General Infirmary.

A man has also claimed that he was abused by Savile as a 10-year-old boy in notorious Jersey care home Haut de La Garenne.

The developing scandal has seen the BBC come under fire with allegations that the corporation was aware of the Jim'll Fix It presenter's behaviour and failed to take action.

David Nicolson, who worked as a director on the children's programme, claimed to have caught Savile having sex with a girl in his dressing room, but said he was laughed away when he voiced his concerns.

He told The Sun: "It was a bog standard changing room in the basement. They both quickly pulled up their pants. The girl could have been 16, maybe 15. But she was just one of many - he always had one in the room." When he reported the incident, he said he was told: "That's Jimmy. I was revolted by his behaviour. They just shrugged it off, saying 'Yeah, yeah - that's the way it goes'."

Mr Nicolson added: "Everyone knew what was going on. That includes senior BBC people - chiefs at the highest levels."

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