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Police say they have 340 leads as scale of Savile inquiry grows

There will now be at least three separate investigations into the allegations against the Jim’ll Fix It presenter.

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POLICE IN LONDON say they have received 340 potential lines of enquiry in relation to allegations concerning the late television presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile.

The figures have soared in the past week since the Metropolitan Police Service took the national lead in in the assessment of claims contained in a recent ITV documentary about the former BBC broadcaster.

Over the past seven days, detectives have been in touch with 40 potential victims, officially recording 12 allegations of sexual offences. They expect this number to increase even further as they continue to liaise with 14 separate forces across the UK.

Officers from the Serious Case Team of the MPS Child Abuse Investigation Command will continue to contact those who have come forward to ensure that they are given the advice and support needed.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard praised the courage of those who had already provided information which had helped them “understand the scale of abuse perpetrated by Savile”.

Meanwhile, the BBC has said it is “disturbed” by the allegations that a former TV producer was ignored when he reported abuse claims.

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The Sun newspaper today reported that David Nicolson caught Savile having sex with a teenager in a BBC dressing room. When he reported the incident, he was allegedly told, “That’s the way it goes.”

It is understood that a number of women are now seeking compensation from the BBC.

Yesterday it emerged that a planned Newsnight investigation into Savile was dropped. Director General George Entwistle confirmed there will be two internal inquiries into the scandal.

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