Ray Teret (above) and Jimmy Savile abused children together, a court was told
Ray Teret (above) and Jimmy Savile abused children together, a court was toldMEN

Jimmy Savile's driver and DJ colleague Ray Teret, 73, has been found guilty over a string of historical rape and sexual abuse allegations.

He was convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults, between 1962 and 1979, with girls as young as 13.

However, he was cleared of other charges, at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after more than 60 hours of deliberations.

Teret, from Altrincham in Greater Manchester, denied 18 rapes, two other serious sexual assaults, one attempted rape, 12 indecent assaults and one count of indecency with a child.

During the trial, Manchester Crown Court heard a 15-year-old girl was raped by Teret and Savile.

The pair, who were friends and flatmates, were "acting together", it was claimed.

Teret was standing trial with two other defendants, William Harper and Alan Ledger. They were described as "friends and associates".

Jury members were advised to put Savile out of their minds because "this is not guilt by association and that sort of notion plays no part in this trial", said prosecution lawyer Tim Evans.

Before his death, Savile always denied allegations that he was a paedophile.

However, since he passed away aged 84 in 2011, hundreds of people have come forward claiming he abused them. Earlier this month, it was announced that up to 30 hospitals are now investigating claims that the former DJ abused children in their care.