SAVILE AND THE DUNDEE CONNECTION

Tayside woman makes Jimmy Savile abuse allegation

By Staff reporter, 11 October 2012 9.54am. Updated: 26 November 2012 2:01pm.

A Tayside woman has come forward as part of a nationwide probe into child sex allegations surrounding Sir Jimmy Savile.

Police confirmed that the woman, believed to be from the Dundee area, has reported a ”historical incident,” said to have occurred in Liverpool.
The woman’s disclosure came as an Angus couple, convicted following the Haut de la Garenne case, were urged to volunteer any information they may have regarding Savile, who has been connected to abuse allegations at the Jersey children’s home during the 1970s and 80s.
Police said: ”A disclosure has been made to Tayside Police regarding a historical incident in the Liverpool area. Full details will be provided to the Metropolitan Police and support is being offered.”
As the investigation widens, claims have been made that Morag and Anthony Jordan, of Kirriemuir, who were convicted in January last year for their involvement in the Haut de la Garenne case, now have a ”moral duty” to assist officers.
The lead investigator in the care home case, former States of Jersey officer Lenny Harper, said he believed victims who came forward during his probe in 2008 had been indecently assaulted by Savile.
A spokesman for the Met said the force is working with counterparts on the island but could not confirm whether any contact had been made or would be made with the Jordans.
Mrs Jordan, who was originally from Dundee, was jailed for nine months and her husband received a six-month sentence at the Royal Court in Jersey, after being found guilty of a string of physical assaults against vulnerable children at the home.
The couple were both house parents, with Mrs Jordan working there from 1970-84 and Mr Jordan from 1981-84.
Anne Brown, of Angus Women’s Aid, said they and anyone else who worked at the home should assist the Savile inquiry if they possibly can.
”Anyone who can do anything to assist this investigation must come forward and this couple have an absolute moral duty to do that. These young women tried to tell somebody that this was going on and anyone who knows anything about it should contact the police.”
Angus Council leader Iain Gaul said that, if there were proof Savile was involved at Haut de la Garenne, he would expect the Jordans to volunteer any information that could help.
He added: ”They claim they have been fully integrated back into society — well now is their chance to prove it.”
At the couple’s Kirriemuir home, Mrs Jordan declined to make any comment.
News of the report to Tayside Police prompted charity workers and politicians across Scotland to urge any other victims to come forward.
Matt Forde, head of services for the NSPCC in Scotland, said: ”Whilst Jimmy Savile can obviously never be tried for these alleged crimes, we can support the victims and identify lessons learned to prevent this from happening again.
”To do this, we must have a full picture of what happened and reach all the victims involved.”
Savile visited Tayside on various occasions, appearing at the Caird Hall in Dundee during a Preach-In ’68 event.
He also launched the first leg of the Kellogg’s Tour of Britain cycle race in the city and, in 1982, was in Montrose to collect a donation for Stoke Mandeville hospital.
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