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Sir Jimmy Savile will be buried in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough

Sir Jimmy Savile will be buried in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough

Jimmy Savile on a charity walk in Northern Ireland in June 1974

Jimmy Savile on a charity walk in Northern Ireland in June 1974

Jimmy Savile on a visit to Belfast in June 1974

Jimmy Savile on a visit to Belfast in June 1974

Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the Glencoe cottage owned by Jimmy Savile. On the left 'Jimmy the beast' and right a symbol showing a triangle with an eye above it resembling the 'Eye of Providence' used in Masonic imagery

Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the Glencoe cottage owned by Jimmy Savile. On the left 'Jimmy the beast' and right a symbol showing a triangle with an eye above it resembling the 'Eye of Providence' used in Masonic imagery

Jeff J Mitchell

GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29:  Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile, which police searched last week as investigations continue on October 29, 2012 in Glen Coe, Scotland. The cottage is situated next to the A82 road that runs from Fort William to Glasgow and was vandalised over the weekend after police searched it last week as part of the UK wide investigation into alleged child abuse by the former television presenter.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile, which police searched last week as investigations continue on October 29, 2012 in Glen Coe, Scotland. The cottage is situated next to the A82 road that runs from Fort William to Glasgow and was vandalised over the weekend after police searched it last week as part of the UK wide investigation into alleged child abuse by the former television presenter. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29:  Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile, which police searched last week as investigations continue on October 29, 2012 in Glen Coe, Scotland. The cottage is situated next to the A82 road that runs from Fort William to Glasgow and was vandalised over the weekend after police searched it last week as part of the UK wide investigation into alleged child abuse by the former television presenter.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

GLEN COE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 29: Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile, which police searched last week as investigations continue on October 29, 2012 in Glen Coe, Scotland. The cottage is situated next to the A82 road that runs from Fort William to Glasgow and was vandalised over the weekend after police searched it last week as part of the UK wide investigation into alleged child abuse by the former television presenter. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Jeff J Mitchell

Jimmy Savile was never a hero but he was certainly held up as a great man

Jimmy Savile was never a hero but he was certainly held up as a great man

Douglas Miller

Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile

Surrey police investigated allegations against Jimmy Savile made in 2009

Surrey police investigated allegations against Jimmy Savile made in 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives Sir Jimmy Savile a commemorative badge from at Downing Street in London for his work as a 'Bevin Boy'. Picture date: Tuesday 25th March, 2008. The "Boys", who worked in Britain's coal mines during the Second World War, are being recognised with a special honour to mark their service.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives Sir Jimmy Savile a commemorative badge from at Downing Street in London for his work as a 'Bevin Boy'. Picture date: Tuesday 25th March, 2008. The "Boys", who worked in Britain's coal mines during the Second World War, are being recognised with a special honour to mark their service.

Lewis Whyld

Jimmy Savile during a sponsored charity walk in Belfast on the Ravenhill Road in November 1976

Jimmy Savile during a sponsored charity walk in Belfast on the Ravenhill Road in November 1976

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012:  ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 5th November 1973:  Jimmy Savile OBE, British disc jockey, television broadcaster and charity fundraiser.  (Photo by R. Poplowski/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012: ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 5th November 1973: Jimmy Savile OBE, British disc jockey, television broadcaster and charity fundraiser. (Photo by R. Poplowski/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

R. Poplowski

Funeral director Robert Morphet stands next to the grave of Sir Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, where he assisted the local council in removing the headstone at the request of Savile's family.

Funeral director Robert Morphet stands next to the grave of Sir Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, where he assisted the local council in removing the headstone at the request of Savile's family.

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012:  ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 4th February 1965:  Disc-jockey, Jimmy Savile poses by a portrait of himself, painted by a friend, while enjoying his regular breakfast of coke and a cigar in the Bloomsbury hotel room which he has made his home.  (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012: ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 4th February 1965: Disc-jockey, Jimmy Savile poses by a portrait of himself, painted by a friend, while enjoying his regular breakfast of coke and a cigar in the Bloomsbury hotel room which he has made his home. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Chris Ware

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012:  ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 4th February 1965:  Disc-jockey, Jimmy Savile lights his breakfast cigar in the Bloomsbury hotel room which he has made his home.  (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

FILE - OCTOBER 01, 2012: ITV is scheduled to broadcast a documentary this Wednesday, "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", in which allegations are presented that the former television presenter and disc-jockey sexually abused teenage girls. 4th February 1965: Disc-jockey, Jimmy Savile lights his breakfast cigar in the Bloomsbury hotel room which he has made his home. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Chris Ware

Jimmy Savile - pictured here presenting Top of the Pops in 1976 - has died (BBC/PA)

Jimmy Savile - pictured here presenting Top of the Pops in 1976 - has died (BBC/PA)

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Sir Jimmy Savile will be buried in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough

The estate of Jimmy Savile has been frozen in response to the mounting sexual abuse claims against the late television and radio star.



NatWest Bank, which is acting as the Jim'll Fix It presenter's will executor and trustee, said the distribution of his assets had been put on hold because of the allegations.



Savile's estate is reportedly worth £4.3 million. NatWest said in a statement: "Given the claims raised, distribution of the estate has been put on hold."



Savile's will was written in 2006 and bequeaths his savings and other assets to 26 separate beneficiaries, according to the Financial Times (FT).



The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of the document which instructs that £20,000 in cash was to be shared between 20 of the celebrity's friends, family and neighbours.



It says a further £600,000 was to be put into a trust fund, with the interest shared between eight people.



The remainder - just under £3.7 million before expenses - was to be held by NatWest on behalf of The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, according to the FT.



Savile's intended individual beneficiaries include the trustees of both his charities and existing and former employees of Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital, the newspaper added.



Police are investigating claims that the star, who died in October last year, sexually assaulted individuals at both NHS sites.



Savile's estate was previously put on hold in July after a woman claimed to be his illegitimate daughter, the FT said.



It is believed the latest freeze may be in anticipation of legal claims for damages by Savile's alleged victims.



Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities. He is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims.



Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry as part of the investigation while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse.



It is also looking at the decision-making process that saw a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities shelved.

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