BBC to assist police with Jimmy Savile investigation

As more women come forward, BBC bosses say they are 'horrified' by the allegations being made against their former star, the late Jimmy Savile

The BBC say they will assist police with any investigation into child abuse allegations involving the late Sir Jimmy Savile.

This comes after an ITV documentary interviewed alleged victims of the DJ and former Top of the Pops presenter.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: ‘A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.

‘Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC – or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC.

‘We have today asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue.’

A rape allegation has been made against the star and has been referred to Scotland Yard.

Sir Jimmy was investigated in 2007 after police received an allegation of indecent assault that was alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in Staines during the 1970s.

This was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision but there was insufficient evidence to take any further action.

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