Jimmy Savile abuse report published month after arrest of Shortlands man

There are now 214 criminal offences recorded against Jimmy Savile across 28 police forces, a report said

There are now 214 criminal offences recorded against Jimmy Savile across 28 police forces, a report said

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A REPORT revealing the extent of Jimmy Savile’s abuse has been published a month after a Shortlands man was arrested in connection with the inquiry.

The Giving Victims a Voice report released today (Fri 11) has set out what Scotland Yard and the NSPCC have discovered about Savile since they launched the Operation Yewtree inquiry three months ago.

It reveals 214 crimes spanning 50 years.

The document says there is “no clear evidence” the presenter operated as part of a paedophile ring, although “whether he was part of an informal network” is still being investigated.

Shortlands resident Ted Beston, 76, a former producer of Savile’s radio shows in the 60s and 70s, was arrested last month and "vehemently denied" allegations against him.

He was apprehended at his home on December 19, taken to a south London police station and later bailed until February.

Officers working on Operation Yewtree are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by deceased former BBC star Savile and others.

In a statement released through his lawyers, Beston said he was shocked by the allegations.

The document, released by Ewings and Co Solicitors, said:"What emerged in October 2012 was a side of Savile that Mr Beston never knew."

"Ted Beston, the former Radio 1 producer, was arrested by officers from Operation Yewtree. Mr Beston was not charged.

Mr Beston vehemently denies the historic allegations put to him by the police.

"When the Savile story surfaced in October, Mr Beston made clear then that he was shocked by the allegations.”

Beston, who was arrested under the strand of the investigation termed "Savile and others", became the eighth person to be arrested in the inquiry. 

Other high-profile names include comedian Jim Davidson, former pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and publicist Max Clifford.

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