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'Jimmy Savile' poster prank irks DUP politician Jim Wells

A Northern Ireland politician has asked for a poster linking him with Jimmy Savile to be removed from a wall in a Co Down fishing village.

The poster, erected by a pressure group in Kilkeel, features Stormont Assembly member Jim Wells alongside the slogan 'Jim'll Fix It', the name of Savile's children's TV series.

But in the light of the flood of sex abuse allegations against the former DJ, Jim Wells would like it taken down.

According to Mr Wells, the group behind the poster wanted to put pressure on him to support a campaign to save the Slieve Roe Residential Home.

Speaking to the BBC he said: "If someone wants to put up a poster saying 'Jim Wells must help save Slieve Roe House' I would have no problem with that at all," said the MLA, who is vice chair of the assembly's health committee.

"The problem is that since the poster was put up eight or nine months ago the allegations about Sir Jimmy Savile have come out and although they're unproven, obviously I have no wish to be associated with anything like that.

"So while I don't want to appear petty and demand the poster is removed I would appreciate it if the committee would take it down and replace it with another one if they want."

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