Nearly 600 people have so far come forward with information concerning the former Top of The Pops presenter as well as a number of other personalities.
In October Operation Yewtree by the London police force became a formal criminal investigation. At that point around 200 members of the public had reported abuse to the authorities after ITV aired a probing documentary into the sexual activities of Savile who died last year.
Savile who also fronted Jim’ll Fix It for the beeb has, according to detectives working on the enquiry, been alleged to have carried out 31 rapes with crimes spanning seventeen different police force regions.
“The public’s response to this issue has been astounding. We are dealing with alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale. The profile of this operation has empowered a staggering number of victims to come forward to report the sexual exploitation which occurred during their childhood.
“I am pleased that victims feel confident enough to speak out about the abuse they suffered and would like to reassure the public that we take all these cases very seriously and they will be investigated with the utmost sensitivity. Anyone with information or concerns should call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.” Said Commander Peter Spindler when the investigation first launched.
The expose of Savile as an apparent sex predator also lead to several other personalities being questioned by police over related and none-related abuse allegations.
Operation Yewtree has seen seven suspects detained while three arrests have been carried out.
“More arrests nationally will be forthcoming.” The police state.
Others noted by the police and press being questioned about sexual abuse associated to Savile include former popstar Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie Starr.
Unrelated allegations have been made against It’s A Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, Magic AM DJ Dave Lee Travis and media spin merchant Max Clifford.
Starr, Clifford and Hall all strongly deny any involvement while Lee Travis made it clear the allegations against him were not to do with children. A number of others who remain officially un-named have also been questioned.
Savile began his television career at ITV in Newcastle, however became a high profile personality of the BBC from 1964 onwards when he launched music chart show Top of the Pops. Savile was also one of the top stars of Radio One for over two decades. He last presented for the BBC in 2006 and made his last appearance for the corporation on a documentary about the beeb’s Manchester studios in 2011. He died aged 84 in October last year.