Jimmy Savile accused of over 30 rapes, say UK police
Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile is a suspect in nearly 200 crimes committed all over Britain, including over 30 rapes, during his decades of sexual abuse, police has said.
Scotland Yard said the scale of the sexual accusations made against Savile was "unprecedented" in the UK.
Officers have recorded 199 crimes in 17 police force areas in which the former BBC radio DJ and TV presenter is a suspect, among them 31 rape allegations in seven different parts of the country, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, some 82 percent of those who have come forward to report abuse to police are women, and eight out of ten of Savile's alleged victims were children at the time of his attacks.
Commander Peter Spindler, who is heading the inquiry, said the pattern showed that the star's offending peaked in the 1970s.
The UK Police launched an investigation into Savile's activities, known as Operation Yewtree, after a documentary in October exposed him as a serial sexual abuser.
Another 12 inquiries are under way, including two BBC reviews, one looking at whether the Corporation's culture and practices allowed Savile to continue abusing children and the other examining why Newsnight dropped a report about his sexual attacks, the paper said.