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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 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 on a visit to Belfast in June 1974

Jimmy Savile on a visit to Belfast in June 1974

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

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

Journalism has faced some big tough questions this week. Is there still a core running through news media which fails to understand the experience of being a vulnerable innocent at the mercy of a powerful celebrity?

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