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Breaking national news: Formal criminal investigation launched into Jimmy Savile child abuse claims

12:30 19 October 2012

Sir Jimmy Savile. The BBC has said it will assist police with child abuse allegations involving the DJ and presenter. PA photo.

Sir Jimmy Savile. The BBC has said it will assist police with child abuse allegations involving the DJ and presenter. PA photo.

The inquiry into alleged child abuse by Jimmy Savile is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people, Scotland Yard said today.

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Operation Yewtree has moved from an assessment to a criminal investigation after detectives established there are lines of inquiry involving “living people that require formal investigation”.

Scotland Yard said two weeks of gathering information has involved assessing more than 400 lines of inquiry and has identified more than 200 potential victims.

The force said: “As we have said from the outset, our work was never going to take us into a police investigation into Jimmy Savile.

“What we have established in the last two weeks is that there are lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation.”

Earlier this week we revealed how Norfolk and Cambridgeshire police have received calls in relation to Savile.

A spokesman for Norfolk police said at the time: “Norfolk Constabulary has received three calls describing incidents involving Jimmy Savile. Two of these are reported to have happened in Norfolk and the third in another county. All information has been passed to the Metropolitan Police for their ongoing investigation.”

The spokesman also urged anyone else who thought they might have been a victim of abuse to contact police so it can be investigated.

He added: “Incidents such as these currently being reported in the media do cause people to think back and consider any incidents they may have experienced in the past. All reports of historic sexual abuse received by the constabulary are treated seriously and investigated thoroughly, with specially-trained officers and partner agencies available to offer support.”

Both Norfolk calls are believed to relate to incidents in Norwich, a city which he visited regularly over the years.

Police wouldn’t confirm whether these allegations are part of the criminal investigation.

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