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Devon and Cornwall police investigating Jimmy Savile sex abuse accusations

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 19, 2012


The tentacles of the national investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile sex scandal have now reached the Westcountry.

Since the late BBC presenter's death hundreds of allegations have been made branding him a predatory paedophile who operated over decades.

In the latest twist in the case, Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed six cases of alleged abuse in relation to Operation Yewtree being led by Metropolitan Police officers.

Five incidents are said to have taken place in the force area – four in Devon and one in Cornwall. Officers have also been asked to visit a further alleged victim on behalf of another police force.

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Operation Yewtree includes three strands of investigation – offences related to Savile, offences related to him and others, and offences unrelated to him.

A lengthening list of celebrities have been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation, including DJ Dave Lee Travis, comedian Freddie Starr and PR consultant Max Clifford. All deny any wrongdoing.

Musician Gary Glitter was also arrested but has not yet made a statement.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said the incidents in the two counties were all separate and officers are working with detectives from the Met who are spearheading the investigation.

He said: "We have received six allegations as part of Operation Yewtree.

"The incidents, which are not linked, are being reviewed to identify if further investigation is required.

"The force continues to work proactively with partner agencies to safeguard children, young people and adults from harm and abuse.

"We continue to encourage all those affected by abuse to report the matter at the earliest opportunity."

He said specially trained officers were on hand to support and protect victims who decide to come forward, including crimes where abuse occurred some time ago.

The spokesman added: "Where victims feel they do not wish to report the matter to the police then we would encourage them to seek advice and guidance from support agencies in their area.

"We will support all victims through this difficult time."

Due to the sensitive nature of the inquiry officers would not reveal more precise locations of where the incidents are said to have taken place or if the complainants were women or men.

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