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Jimmy Savile headstone removed from grave

The family asked for the headstone to be removed out of respect for the families of the other people buried in the Scarborough cemetery.

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SIR JIMMY SAVILE’S HEADSTONE has been removed from his grave at the request of his family.

Sky News reports that a statement released on behalf of the family said they decided to remove the headstone “as a mark of respect” to the families of those buried in the Scarborough cemetery.

The headstone contains the line “it was good while it lasted” and lists out Savile’s achievements over his career. He died in 2011 at the age of 84 but the triple headstone was put up on 20 September this year, said the Telegraph.

British police say Savile may have sexually assaulted more than 20 girls over a 40-year period.

Commander Peter Spindler said yesterday that London’s Metropolitan Police has received eight criminal allegations against Savile, including two of rape and six of indecent assault, primarily against girls aged 13 to 16. He said the force believes it will “come up with between 20 to 25 victims.”

Spindler said police were working with broadcasters BBC and ITV to investigate Savile, who hosted “Top of the Pops” and children’s program “Jim’ll Fix It” and was well known as a charity fundraiser.

Since his death several women have come forward to say he sexually assaulted them.

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