Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Savile nephew backs cremation call

Detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders quizzed Jimmy Savile, it has been revealed
Detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders quizzed Jimmy Savile, it has been revealed

A relative of Jimmy Savile has called for his body to be exhumed and cremated out of respect for other bereaved families.

Guy Marsden, a nephew of the disgraced DJ, said he "100%" supported families who called for Savile's body to be moved away from the graves of their loved ones in Scarborough's Woodlands Cemetery following claims that Savile abused 300 people over six decades.

Mr Marsden, of Leeds, said: "If it was one of mine who was buried there, I wouldn't like it if someone like Jimmy was in the same place. Our thoughts are with their loved ones.

"At the end of the day, they say his grave can be exhumed and they can cremate Jimmy Savile and they can put him in a private place known only to the family. But who'd want to visit him anyway? I wouldn't want to know. I know that a lot of my family would say the same."

Mr Marsden, a roofer, stressed that no formal plans to exhume Savile had been made and he has not been offered any official guidance on the matter, but said he would support the plans if they went ahead.

Calls to dig up the late BBC star were made public at a Scarborough Borough Council meeting on Monday, during which the council voted to remove his name from its Freedom of the Borough honours list. Council leaders said the decision to move the disgraced presenter could only be made by Savile's family and they had no current plans to exhume the body.

Meanwhile, police confirmed that Savile may have been questioned by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

The revelation came after a senior officer who worked on the inquiry revealed Savile was a suspect in the notorious case more than 30 years ago.

Former West Yorkshire Police detective John Stainthorpe said police approached the Leeds-born presenter after an anonymous tip-off.

Mr Stainthorpe told ITV's Calendar News: "When the Ripper was really active, one of the suspects put forward by the public was, in fact, Jimmy Savile. Obviously, it was not he, but he was interviewed along with many others."

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