Jimmy Savile committed sexual assault at Broadmoor HospitalBy Becky Barnes
January 11, 2013
The full extent of Jimmy Savile's six decades of 'prolific', 'predatory' and 'opportunistic' sex abuse has been published today.
Savile's "celebrity status' allowed him access to vulnerable people at institutions including Broadmoor Hospital in Crowthorne, according to a Metropolitan Police report.
The Operation Yewtree ‘Giving Victims a Voice’ report also reveals Savile committed one sexual offence at the secure hospital in Kentigern Drive in 1991.
The report said: "Savile’s role as a fundraiser and volunteer gave him a high level of access at Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor hospitals.”
At these three hospitals he was taken "at face value as a volunteer and fundraiser, probably because of his growing celebrity status".
Since Operation Yewtree launched on October 5 last year, 600 people have come forward to help the investigation, with 450 of those relating to Savile.
From these the police formally recorded 214 criminal offences across 28 police forces.
Since it emerged Savile had keys to Broadmoor Hospital and was a member of the management taskforce, the Department of Health, has launched its own inquiry, alongside 14 other independent organisational inquiries across the country.
Police and the NSPCC have concluded that Savile was a prolific, predatory sex offender and the scale of his abuse is believed to be unprecedented in the UK.
Commander Peter Spindler, head of the MPS Specialist Crime Investigations, said: “It paints a stark picture emphasising the tragic consequences of when vulnerability and power collide.
“Savile’s offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic. He cannot face justice today but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims, they have been listened to and taken seriously. We must use the learning from these shocking events to prevent other children and vulnerable adults being abused in the future. They will get a voice."
Victims of abuse who have not come forward but who wish to do so can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 and children who need support can contact Childline 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk