Hampshire pair claim they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

ALLEGATIONS of abuse by Jimmy Savile have been lodged by at least two people from Hampshire, police have confirmed.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police are looking into the claims as part of Operation Yewtree which is investigating reports of sexual abuse by the television presenter against young girls spanning four decades.

Meanwhile Southampton-based cruise firm Cunard has confirmed it has scrapped a planned event to honour Savile who was a fan of the liners and was regularly seen on board.

The company, which counted Savile among their most famous passengers, had been planning a sail-past of his home town of Scarborough next year to acknowledge his association with Cunard.

But the plans, that were thought to have involved the Queen Elizabeth ship, have now been shelved.

A spokeswoman for Cunard said: “In light of recent allegations made against Jimmy Savile we do not think it is appropriate to proceed with the planned sail-past.”

So far detectives leading the inquiry into Savile have revealed they are looking into 120 lines of inquiry.

They believe the “predatory sex offender” could have abused up to 25 victims over a period of 40 years.

Commander Peter Spindler, Scotland Yard’s head of specialist crime investigations, said the abuse appeared to have been on a “national scale”. He said: “At this stage it is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender.”

Savile died almost a year ago but his activities have come to light following a number of interviews with alleged victims for a TV documentary.

Two people from Hampshire are among those who have come forward following the screening of the documentary which claimed Savile abused young girls while at the height of his fame. Their details were passed by Hampshire Constabulary to Scotland Yard.

Cruise firm Cunard is among a number of companies, charities and hospitals, once supported by Savile, who are now moving to drop links with the former Top of the Pops presenter.

Savile’s headstone was removed from a cemetery in Scarborough and taken away out of “respect to public opinion”.

The elaborate tombstone was removed from Woodlands Cemetery at the request of Savile’s family to be broken up and sent to landfill.

The grave, in which Savile was buried at an angle so he could “see”

Scarborough Castle and the sea, will remain unmarked for the foreseeable future.

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