Savile case now a formal investigation
THE inquiry into alleged child abuse by Jimmy Savile, pictured, is now a formal criminal investigation involving other living people, Scotland Yard said yesterday.
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.
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"What we have established in the last two weeks is that there are lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation."
Operation Yewtree, originally an "assessment" into claims against Savile, was launched after allegations flooded out in the wake of an ITV documentary screened earlier this month.
Today the NSPCC said it is possible the former Top of the Pops presenter was "one of the most prolific sex offenders" the charity has ever come across.
Claims have also emerged about fellow entertainers Freddie Starr, who has staunchly refuted the allegations, as well as Gary Glitter – real name Paul Gadd.