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Victims call for judge-led inquiry into why Jimmy Savile got away with abuse for so long

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Jimmy Savile

Victims of Jimmy Savile have called for a single judge-led inquiry into how the former DJ got away with abuse.

Alan Collins, the lawyer representing around 60 people who reported being abused by Savile, said he feared an opportunity could be missed by all the other investigations into Savile.

He said there should be one inquiry led by a High Court judge with considerable experience in criminal law who would have access to all the work undertaken by the other investigations.

“It is about really, how and why - how was Savile was able to abuse so many children and young people over so many decades?”

Allegations about Savile, who died in 2011, began to emerge following an ITV expose in October 2012 in which several women said they were abused by him when they were teenagers.

Two separate reports published almost exactly a year ago said Savile was a prolific, predatory sex offender who could have been prosecuted for offences against at least three victims while he was alive.

The disgraced TV presenter used his celebrity status to ‘’hide in plain sight’’ with 214 criminal offences recorded against him across 28 police forces, a report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC found.

It also revealed that Savile abused his victims at 14 medical sites including hospitals, mental health units and even a hospice.

The BBC has said its independent inquiry, led by Dame Janet Smith, into what the corporation knew about Savile is due to publish its findings this month.

The NHS is also holding several investigations. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced in November that a further 19 hospitals were now carrying out inquiries into links with Savile.

 

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