Woman who met Jimmy Savile in Dereham tells of “dirty old man”
09:43 18 October 2012
As more details and more potential victims of Jimmy Savile’s alleged catalogue of child sex abuse emerges, one woman has spoken out about her experience.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, agreed to break her silence on the alleged abuse after she suffered a breakdown and appeared on the ITV documentary which has created a storm surrounding Savile.
The woman first met Savile while she was staying at Garfield House, a children’s home at Dereham in Norfolk, although Savile is not alleged to have abused her at the home.
She was later moved to an approved school in Surrey where she and other girls were visited by Savile.
She said: “We thought it was fantastic.
“Jimmy Savile was a huge TV star. He would come with gifts, cigarettes, which were the currency of the time.”
But she alleged girls would go to Savile’s car and do “sexual favours for him”. She said: “We all knew what was going on. We would laugh among ourselves and say ‘oh, he is a dirty old man’.”
Savile would also regularly take them to see the filming of his Saturday night variety show Clunk Click at BBC Television Centre in London.
She said: “We would go to his dressing room, meet celebrities, the alcohol was flowing. There would be about eight or 10 girls in the dressing room, however many fitted in the minibus. Somebody would be on Jimmy Savile’s lap, he would have had his hand up her jumper, up her skirt.”
A spokesman for Norfolk County Council, which runs Garfield House - a long-term residential home for young people aged between 13 and 17 years, said: “We would encourage anyone who wishes to raise concerns - no matter how historic - to come forward and contact the police. We cannot comment on individual cases”.