Jimmy Savile investigation: Five victims from Devon & Cornwall area
A newly-released report into abuse by Jimmy Savile has revealed that five victims are from the Devon & Cornwall area. Three victims are from the Exeter area and one from Cornwall. Another victim, from Devon, was abused elsewhere.
The Metropolitan Police and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) yesterday released the report "Giving Victims a Voice", which documents Savile's abuse over a period of 54 years. The report shows that Savile started his career of abuse in 1955 in Manchester and continued until 2009, two years before his death.
The Executive Summary of the report makes the observation that "On the whole victims are not known to each-other and taken together their accounts paint a compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender. We are therefore referring to them as 'victims' rather than 'complainants' and are not presenting the evidence they have provided as unproven allegations."
Allegations against him were first revealed in the ITV programme "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", shown on 4 October 2012. Operation Yewtree, the police response to the allegations, was launched the following day and has now received information from about 600 people, of which 450 are in relation to abuse by Savile himself.
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The ongoing Metropolitan Police investigations relate to "Savile", "Savile and others" and "others" and several arrests have already been made countrywide.
A statement from Devon & Cornwall Police said that the investigation in this area is being co-ordinated by the force's Child Exploitation Unit.