Savile sex inquiry 'a watershed'
JIMMY SAVILE is one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent history and the inquiry into his abuse will be a "watershed" investigation into sex crime, Scotland Yard said.
Commander Peter Spindler said the force is now dealing with around 300 potential victims, of whom all except two are women. Suspects other than Savile, pictured above, have been accused and officers are "developing an arrest strategy" but have yet to detain anyone or interview them under caution, he said.
Mr Spindler said Savile was "undoubtedly" one of the most prolific sex offenders he had come across.
He added: "Within London we have trebled the number of historic abuse allegations. I have no doubt that we're in a watershed moment for child abuse investigation, and Operation Yewtree will be a landmark investigation."
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Questions have been raised over why previous allegations against Savile were not pursued.
Allegations that three doctors were involved in an abuse ring linked to Savile have not yet been passed to the investigation team, Mr Spindler said.
Mr Spindler said a retired officer had been in touch to say he had investigated Savile in the 1980s while based in west London but did not have the evidence to proceed. The commander said he believed the allegation was of an indecent assault.