Inside the paedophile’s lair: Chilling pics of bunk beds at Savile’s Highlands cottage raided by police where ‘up to 20 suffered abuse’
- Number of Savile’s victims now ‘fast approaching’ 300, it was revealed today
- All but two are women and Scotland Yard also chasing 400 lines of inquiry
- Police raid his cottage in Glencoe, Scotland, looking for forensic evidence to help UK-wide investigation
- It has been untouched since his death last year and is strewn with his belongings
- The DJ bought remote home in 1998 and entertained guests including Prince Charles
- BBC has dossiers on two former workers who were abusers on same scale as Savile, The Sun claims
- Lord Patten admits that scandal has done ‘terrible damage’ to the BBC
Nestled in the Highlands a mile from any other building is paedophile Jimmy Savile’s Scottish hideaway, and these pictures show the chilling scene inside the cottage where he may have abused more than 20 people.
The remote white-washed property outside the village of Glencoe has been untouched since the pervert died last year and now police have raided it hunting for evidence of his crimes.
Frozen in time, his hairbrush, documents, ashtray and even his food are shown scattered around the empty home just as he left them.
Other rooms in the cottage, where he once entertained Prince Charles over dinner, contain bunk beds and a double bed all made up neatly with fresh bed linen.
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Officers believe Sir Jimmy’s cottage, called Alt-na-reigh, could hold vital clues that could help the Britain-wide investigation.
The property was swooped on yesterday by three cars full of police. It is believed that they were looking for forensic evidence.
Famously Savile had the Prince of Wales around for dinner in 1999 and hired three waitresses in aprons with HRH sewn into them.
It came as a police source said today that the number of the broadcaster’s victims was ‘fast approaching’ 300, with 400 separate lines of inquiry, Scotland Yard said this afternoon.
Meanwhile 160 people alone have complained of abuse to the NSPCC since the scale of Savile’s paedophilia was revealed.
‘Glencoe will be one of the first places they search. There are more than 300 lines of enquiry – and the house is part of that,’ a source close to the investigation said.
The Northern Constabulary, which led the raid, said they were helping the Met with their probe, while Scotland Yard said they would not comment on the ongoing investigation.
Savile maintained it was his dream to live in the Highlands and he spent huge sums converting the home, adding glass walls, mains water and sewage as well as modernising its decor throughout.
Because the cottage remains untouched since his death, it is stacked full of photos, clothes and documents, which could lead to identifying more victims or help those who have already made allegations of abuse.
Savile bought the property, which is a mile from the nearest next house, in 1998 and used it as a hideaway up until his death.
The broadcaster bought the Glencoe house in 1998 after falling in love with it on a cycling holiday in 1944.
He became a regular in Glencoe village, with residents saying he was an ‘attention seeker’ who would wander around in a Highland kilt waving at passing tourists.
One man from the area described how he had asked for the DJ’s autograph and instead got a bizarre message from him that read ‘lost girls’ should visit him.
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James Huestis from Renfrewshire said: ‘We stopped to have breakfast. On the way out, we saw Savile. He was very friendly and chatty.
‘I asked for his autograph and I was struggling to get a bit of paper. So I went to the car and got the map. He opened it on the page where his cottage was. The he wrote his note.
‘At the time I didn’t think anything of it. I thought it was a bit of banter. Now it takes on a different meaning. The message is pretty clear.’
The cottage was to be sold this year for £300,000 but this was halted by his charitable trust, who wanted to convert it into a respite centre for the disabled.
But this is now in doubt after it announced it is to close down.
Trustees had hoped the property – one of only two in the Glencoe gorge – could be used by mountaineering groups.
But the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said it had had no further contact since before the scandal broke.
A spokeswoman for the trust said all funds would be distributed to other charities but details over assets such as the cottage ‘are still being worked out at present.’
It came as it was alleged two BBC staff may have been carrying out vile sex crimes on the same scale as Jimmy Savile.
Bosses at the corporation have passed dossiers on the pair’s alleged behaviour – who may still be working at the organisation – to police.
They are two of the nine staff they are currently investigating, sources said.
It came as Scottish police raided and began a search of Jimmy Savile’s former home in the Highlands, where he may have raped and abused more than 20 people.
Potentially hundreds of children were abused by Savile, many on BBC premises, and an insider told The Sun that a couple of others may be on the same level as the pervert DJ.
‘There are one or two that are serious and a small number are with the police,’ the source added.
A BBC spokesman told MailOnline today: ‘As a result of the allegations about Jimmy Savile and subsequent contact from staff, former staff and members of the public, we are currently aware of nine allegations of sexual harassment, assault or inappropriate conduct regarding current staff or contributors.
‘Some of these cases have been passed to the police where appropriate, and we are reviewing others within our normal HR processes and procedures.’
Allegations of sex abuse against BBC DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile have done ‘terrible damage’ to the reputation of the corporation, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has said.
Lord Patten, who has come under criticism for the speed of his response, said that the best way of restoring public trust in the BBC was for the independent inquiries set up to look into the scandal to get to the bottom of what happened as soon as possible and for the corporation to be ‘open’ about what they find.
‘SAVILE GROPED A CHILD AND THE BOSSES LAUGHED,’ STAR SAYS
A veteran TV presenter has claimed he was ‘laughed at’ by his bosses for raising concerns about Jimmy Savile after seeing him grope a child in an ITV studio.
Broadcaster Alan Hardwick (above right) spoke of his shock at seeing the shamed Jim’ll Fix It star brazenly pinch a young girl’s bottom in front of a room full of other youngsters.
But disgusted Alan, 63, revealed that peers told him that it was well-known the disgraced star ‘liked them young’ when he approached them about the incident.
Alan, who presented Yorkshire Television’s flagship ‘Calendar’ news programme, said he was convinced TV execs had covered up Savile’s behaviour because of his popularity.
‘I went into the studio and standing with his back to me was Jimmy Savile with about half a dozen girls with him. They were probably 12 or 13,’ he said.
‘They were about to go on set so I decided I would speak to Savile later but before I could leave he squeezed the bottom of the little girl to his right who he had his arm around.
‘The thing that’s always stayed with me was the look on her face, it wasn’t quite horror but it was hard to describe.
‘It was haunting, it has haunted me for 20 years, even since then whenever I have heard Savile’s name that’s the picture that comes in to my mind.
‘I raised the issue with a manager, who said that the girl must have been a relative to Savile and was just being friendly and I accepted that.
‘I mentioned it to other people in the industry and at the BBC and I was laughed at because they all said, ‘Don’t you know that Savile likes them young?’ I felt a bit of a fool.’
An ITV spokesman said: ‘We will be speaking to Mr Hardwick as a matter of priority with a view to establishing the details relating to the serious allegation he makes and will take whatever action is appropriate.’
The Trust chairman admitted that he did not read press reports earlier this year about the scrapping of a Newsnight film exposing Savile, but denied charges that he was devoting too little time to the job of heading the BBC’s regulator because of his other interests.
He said that BBC director general George Entwistle had faced a ‘baptism of fire’ after taking up the job in September, as the corporation was engulfed by a ‘tsunami of filth’ within weeks of his appointment.
Asked about Mr Entwistle’s widely-criticised appearance before the Commons Culture Committee earlier this week, Lord Patten did not leap to the defence of his performance, but said that even ‘a combination of Benjamin Disraeli and Mr Gladstone’ would have had a difficult job dealing with the hearing.
Lord Patten confirmed that he had offered to join Mr Entwistle in front of the committee of MPs, but was turned down.
And he appeared to suggest that it was him who insisted on inaccuracies about the Newsnight investigation in a blog by editor Peter Rippon being corrected.
He agreed that it was ‘wrong’ for a BBC executive to rely on the misleading information when writing to Conservative chairman Grant Shapps ahead of his appearance to discuss the Savile case on BBC1’s Question Time.
And he said the terms used in the letter were ‘unfortunate’.
Mr Shapps has complained to the BBC Trust about the letter from BBC head of public affairs Julia Ockenden.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Lord Patten said: ‘Whatever the other questions we get asked and the other considerations, our main concern has to be for the victims of abuse and worse – men as well as women, but mostly women, who have been marooned for years, trying to tell their stories and not being believed – including, it seems, by the BBC.
‘We have to deal with the terrible damage to the reputation of the BBC, which has hitherto been a national institution which people have trusted.
‘The way of getting at this issue is by pursuing the inquiries which have been set up – independent inquiries led by people of huge integrity.
‘Whatever the perfectly legitimate questions people ask about other things, my main concern has to be to get to the bottom of what has happened and be open about it as soon as we can.’
Lord Patten also said it was important to remember that ‘the BBC is independent, it is answerable to licence fee-payers, it is not an agent of the Government’.
And he stressed that the BBC Trust was not involved in the editorial decisions made by the broadcaster: ‘We don’t have any executive responsibility over the BBC, we are the strategic authority, we have the obligation to hold the BBC to account for complying with the law, with statutory regulations and with our objectives for programme quality.
‘One reason we don’t interfere with editorial decisions is we have to deal with complaints which may be made about those editorial decisions.’
A senior Government minister has now said he cannot see ‘any merit’ in holding a full independent inquiry into Jimmy Savile scandal.
Commons leader Andrew Lansley said investigations by the police and the independent probes commissioned by the BBC and NHS should be allowed to run their course.
Labour said the BBC still had ‘serious questions to answer’ following director-general George Entwistle’s “unsatisfactory” appearance in front of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
But answering questions in the Commons, Mr Lansley said: “There are inquiries being undertaken by the police, of course, as a criminal investigation; by Kate Lampard on behalf of the NHS and appointed by the BBC two inquiries by Nick Pollard and by Dame Janet Smith.
‘All of those are independent and I see no reason for us at this stage to think that there would be any merit in seeking to overturn those inquiries which are making progress but simply to make sure, which I know they will, that they all respect and understand that the police’s criminal investigation must take precedence.’
Police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal are dealing with around 300 alleged victims, Scotland Yard revealed today.
Commander Peter Spindler said officers are following more than 400 lines of inquiry linked to the victims, of whom all except two are women.
He said investigators have so far spoken to 130 people who have come forward, and 114 allegations of crime have emerged.
Officers are using a ‘triage’ approach, first making contact with victims by phone to get initial details of their allegations, Mr Spindler said.
He told reporters that most of the allegations are linked to Savile, but some involve others who may have acted with him.
The inquiry will be a ‘watershed’ moment in the investigation of child abuse, he said, adding nobody has yet been arrested or interviewed under caution as yet, but the force is ‘preparing an arrest strategy;.
‘We are trying to make contact with as many victims as quickly as we can. We are doing it initially by telephone but some of those telephone contacts are taking up to four hours.
‘This may be the first time that some people have actually spoken in any detail, and we don’t underestimate how significant an event it is for them to disclose sexual abuse.’
So far, the NSPCC has had 439 calls about sexual abuse in the past three weeks, a 60 per cent rise on what they would normally receive. Two out of five have been referred to social services and the police.
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