16th FEB 2021
Cops launch new Jimmy Savile probe after Scots victim says she was trafficked to England and abused
The woman from Midlothian told how she was transported to a Leeds hotel in the early 1980s, where Savile subjected her to a vile sex attack.
She said: “As a child, I was ferried from Scotland to Leeds, where I was abused by him. Police in Leeds and up here have taken my statements about this and their investigations are ongoing but Covid-19 has slowed things down a bit.
“My family had relatives in Leeds, so I would be down there a fair amount in my childhood. On one trip, my mum took me to a posh hotel in Leeds and I was amazed at how fancy it was.
“I would have been about eight at the time. We sat in the main reception area and a man came down, who I learned later was Savile’s associate. He took me up to a room, a suite, and there was Jimmy Savile in shorts and T-shirt.
“I had always loved Jim’ll Fix It and wanted to be on it. My mum was away by this time. I was in awe. I was just sitting with him and he gave me a drink of lemonade but after a while I felt funny.
“He took me off to one of the many rooms at the side of the main living room. We sat down and then he sexually abused me.
“I always felt ashamed about it.
“I tried to shut it out for years and thought I was being stupid dwelling on things that happened so long ago. It happened more than once with Savile. In total, I would say he abused me half a dozen times.”
Savile, who was one of the BBC’s biggest stars, spent decades grooming, molesting and raping children. It’s feared Savile, who died in 2011, had abused up to 1000 children, with some as young as two years old.
The Scottish victim added: “The police have been involved since last year. This all happened in 1980 and 1981. My mum was paid when I was dropped off.
“On another occasion, I met Savile at a fun run for a charity in Leeds. I got a huge a fright when I realised he was there.
“I thought it was just a wee day out. He came up from behind and put his hand on my back, just above my bum, and I froze.
“How could he do these things? I just want answers about how he was allowed to get away with this stuff for so long.
“The police have been good with me but things should be easier for people to come forward.
“Things needs to change. Silence is not an option.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are investigating reports of historical sexual abuse. Inquiries are ongoing.”
A West Yorkshire police spokesman confirmed they were aware but declined to comment further.
He said: “We have a strict policy on not identifying victims of crimes or suspects or potentially confirming the ID of either.”