SAVILE UNMOVED

Fight to move Jimmy Savile’s grave from cemetery is sunk by £20,000
cost: Paedophile’s body will remain in his huge triple plot overlooking
the sea – and two local schools

  • Notorious paedophile still occupies huge triple plot overlooking the sea
  • Demands to have notorious TV presenter’s body exhumed and cremated
  • £4m legacy spent on legal bills and compensation or set aside for charity
  • Visitors to cemetery in Scarborough told body to be left in unmarked plot
A
campaign to have the body of Jimmy Savile removed from its grave is
being thwarted because no one will pay the £20,000 cost of digging him
up.
To the horror of locals, the paedophile still occupies a huge triple plot overlooking the sea.
Demands to have the notorious TV presenter’s body exhumed and cremated have been supported by some members of Savile’s family.
A campaign to have the body of Jimmy Savile removed from its grave is being thwarted because no one will pay the £20,000 cost of digging him up.

A campaign to have the body of Jimmy
Savile removed from its grave is being thwarted because no one will pay
the £20,000 cost of digging him up.
But
the Jim’ll Fix It and Top Of The Pops host’s £4million legacy has been
spent on legal bills and compensation or set aside for charity.
As a result visitors to Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough have been told that the body must be left in its unmarked plot.
The death of Savile – five years ago today – at the age of 84 triggered a stream of tributes.
He was buried in a gold coffin with his gold jewellery, a handful of his trademark cigars and a Royal Marines green beret.
But within months he was exposed as a predator who had sexually abused hundreds of women and children over more than 50 years.
Subsequent
investigations revealed Savile as the most prolific paedophile in
modern British history. They exposed institutional failings which
allowed him to use his celebrity to prey on the weak and vulnerable in
hospitals and TV studios.
The
campaign to exhume Savile began shortly after, but has been complicated
by the nature of his burial. At his request, Savile’s coffin was buried
at a 45-degree angle so he could ‘see the sea’ – although it also means
his tomb faces two schools.
Less
than a year later, undertakers removed his gaudy £4,000 gravestone
under cover of darkness. The monument, which read ‘It was good while it
lasted’, was sent to landfill.
But
specialist surveyors warned it would require an expensive operation
taking two days to remove Savile’s body from the 6ft-wide plot because
it was encased in two-and-a-half tons of reinforced concrete to deter
grave-robbers.
Savile was buried in a gold coffin with his gold jewellery, a handful of his trademark cigars and a Royal Marines green beret

Savile was buried in a gold coffin with his gold jewellery, a handful of his trademark cigars and a Royal Marines green beret
Savile’s
nephew Guy Marsden said: ‘It should have been done before his money ran
out. I thought it was the end of it when they took the stone away but
because he is still buried there it is like the place is cursed. Who
would want their kids buried somewhere near him? If they want to dig him
up and burn him, I could not care less.’
Scarborough
councillor Colin Haddington, who backs exhumation, said:
‘Unfortunately, it looks as though it will be left as it is and everyone
will just have to try to forget about it. Hopefully those affected,
those with loved ones buried there, will come to terms with it. Our
hands are tied by the funding.’
Yesterday, visitors to the cemetery were angry that no one has been able to find the money to pay for Savile to be moved.
Julia
Fox, 43, whose father rests in the same corner, said: ‘I would scatter
his ashes in the middle of the road so everyone could drive over him.’ 
Her husband Greg, 48, added: ‘Savile should not be buried here with all the respectable people.’
Christine and Roger Kilburn, both 70, said they have considered changing their funeral plans to be buried elsewhere.
Mrs
Kilburn, who has eight family members in the cemetery, said: ‘I am
surprised they did not move his body when the headstone was taken down.’
Lawyers
said the Savile estate, which was valued at around £4million, was
exhausted over the summer. Around £2.5million was spent on legal costs,
with at least £1million set aside for compensating his victims. The BBC,
NHS and Barnados also received payments.
The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust said its money cannot be used to pay for burial or exhumation costs. 

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