A report detailing 50 years-worth of allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, has found that the celebrated TV presenter sexually abused children as young as 8 years old.

The 10-week Metropolitan Police investigation, codenamed Operation Yewtree, published the 30 page report that was commissioned after an ITV documentary last year revealed the various allegations made against Mr Savile.

The report will describe how Savile abused at least 450 children across the country including at many hospitals, prisons and the BBC premises. They found that 73 per cent of victims were under 18, with most aged between 13-16. The youngest victim was an eight year old boy, whilst the oldest was 47. The earliest allegation made against Savile was from 1955, with the latest in 2009, just two years before he died at the age of 84. Offences were carried out at the BBC between 1965 and 2006, including at the last Top of the Pops recording.

They found Savile committed 214 criminal offences in 28 areas of England and Wales. Police said it was a "compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender".

A separate report for the Crown Prosecution Service pointed out shortcomings by Surrey and Sussex police, saying that Savile could have been prosecuted for offences against three victims while he was alive had their allegations been taken more seriously.

 

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner