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Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:22PM
A lawyer says that BBC insiders were aware of Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse of children.

A lawyer says that BBC insiders were aware of Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse of children.

The Jimmy Savile scandal has widened following new claims that insiders of the British state-run broadcaster BBC were aware that the former broadcaster had abused children in the 1960s, a lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse cases says. Alan Collins, of Pannone solicitors, said credible evidence shows that former colleagues of the late BBC host knew of claims that he was a serial abuser of young boys in locations such as the corporation's premises. Referring to evidence from 12 people who claim to have been abused by the presenter, Collins added, “The claims appear credible. They are standalone allegations and stretch back to the early 1970s. There is also 'similar fact' [corroborating] evidence which is compelling.” The lawyer also stressed that the BBC’s managers could be found to have committed a criminal offence if they were aware of the claims concerning Savile’s sexual abuse of children and failed to report them. "The story is not about Savile. The real story is how was he able to get away with abusing children, if that is what was happening, for so long,” Collins further said. Scotland Yard has launched a fuul-scale criminal investigation into the alleged sexual abuse by Savile and other people connected with him, resulting in the assessment of over 400 separate lines of inquiry and identification of more than 200 potential victims. Meanwhile, Collins warned that the numbers were only the "tip of the iceberg" because "most victims don't come forward, for obvious reasons". SSM/JR/HE
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