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Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital chief executive to lead investigation into Jimmy Savile abuse claim

By RichardBirch  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has announced that it will be launching an investigation into allegations that Jimmy Savile committed an offence in the city in 1970

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The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has announced that it will be launching an investigation into allegations that Jimmy Savile committed an offence in the city in 1970.

In a joint report released by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC today, titled Giving Victims A Voice, a number of hospital and hospices where Jimmy Savile is reported to have offended are identified.

One offence in 1970 is listed as occurring at Exeter Hospital, part of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This would have occurred when the hospital was based in Southernhay, it moved to the present site in Heavitree in 1974 where it has since been rebuilt.

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Angela Pedder, the chief executive of the RD&E NHS Foundation Trust, has announced she will be leading an investigation into the allegations on behalf of the NHS in Devon.

A spokesman for the trust said: "NHS organisations in Devon have recently been made aware of this allegation dating back to 1970 and will continue to liaise with the Metropolitan Police in the event that any new evidence emerges."

The report shows that the earliest reported offence committed by Savile was in Manchester in 1955, and the final reported allegation was in 2009.

The majority of the attacks are believed to have occurred between 1966 and 1976, when he was aged between 40 and 50.

There are 34 rapes and 126 indecent acts recorded and of his victims, 73 per cent were children, with the total victim age range between eight and 47 years old at the time.

Commander Peter Spindler, head of the Met's Specialist Crime Investigations unit, said: 'It paints a stark picture emphasising the tragic consequences of when vulnerability and power collide.

"Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic. He cannot face justice today but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims, they have been listened to and taken seriously.

The CPS has issued an apology for its "shortcomings" in its previous investigations, describing it as "a watershed moment".

Downing Street said all the organisations concerned need to properly investigate the latest allegations.

The former BBC presenter and Radio 1 DJ died aged 84 in October 2011, a year before the allegations emerged in an ITV documentary.

There is said to "no clear evidence" he operated with others but this is still being investigated

16 offences were committed at Leeds General Infirmary between 1965-1995 and 22 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1965-88.

The Department of Health has said the Savile report showed the need to "learn lessons from his crimes"

Five other incidents are said to have taken place in the Devon & Cornwall policing area – four in Devon and one in Cornwall.

View the full Giving Victims A Voice report here.

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