Belfast Telegraph

PSNI not involved in Jimmy Savile investigation

The PSNI have confirmed that they are not involved in the investigation into abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile.

In total, 14 police forces around Britain have received allegations against the late television presenter. The Metropolitan Police, who are co-ordinating a formal criminal investigation - dubbed Operation Yewtree - said they are following up 400 lines of inquiry, following complaints of abuse and sexual assault by Savile.

It is believed other forces investigated Savile while he was alive. More than 200 potential victims have been identified.

Commander Peter Spindler, of the Met Police, said Savile's offences appeared to be on "a national scale" and he had a "predilection for teenage girls".

The Jim'll Fix It presenter was well-known for his work with children's charities throughout the UK, which saw him travel around Britain.

A spokesman for the PSNI confirmed that they had received no information regarding allegations against Savile.

It has further emerged that Savile told a reporter two months before he died that he knew his reputation would collapse after his death.

The Jewish Chronicle obtained a transcript of the interview in which Savile told a freelance reporter that he was "not a straight punter".

He said: "When I’m gone, they’ll say: ‘I always thought he was straight but he wasn’t – he was crooked.' "

Operation Yewtree, originally an "assessment" into claims against Savile, was launched after allegations flooded out in the wake of an ITV documentary screened earlier this month.

On Friday the NSPCC said it is possible the former Top Of The Pops presenter was "one of the most prolific sex offenders" the charity has ever come across.

As well as police investigations, inquiries are taking place into Savile's involvement with Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Broadmoor and Leeds General Infirmary.

Dame Janet Smith, who headed the Shipman Inquiry, has been appointed to head an inquiry into Savile's time at the BBC and Scotland Yard said they recognised "her need to progress this important work".

It has also emerged that the BBC is rushing out a special edition of Panorama to be broadcast tonight, looking into issues surrounding Jimmy Savile's years of abuse.

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