Staff who worked at the high-security Broadmoor Hospital during the era of Jimmy Savile's frequent visits have described him as a "psychopath" with a "liking for children".

Psychiatric nurse Richard Harrison told Channel 4 News: "I'd long considered him, as my colleagues did, as a man with a severe personality disorder and a liking for children.

Former staff nurse Bob Allen described him as "a psychopath".

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Jimmy Savile regularly visited Broadmoor

He added: "A lot of the staff said he should be behind bars. We used to laugh about it in those days."

Mr Allen added he had seen Savile escort a teenage girl into a flat he had been given to use at Broadmoor.

He claims he reported the matter to his supervisor but it was not followed up.

Edwina Currie, who was health minister at the time and gave Savile his role at Broadmoor, told the programme the DJ "has something on Broadmoor staff" that ensured they wouldn't speak out.


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Currie has insisted she has "nothing to hide" over her involvement in Savile's involvement at the hospital.

She told the BBC earlier this month: "The Department of Health is currently digging them [the archives relating to the time] out...It goes back at least 25 years, even 30 years and isn't just to do with me at all.

"But as and when the documents do surface, they should be published in full. I have nothing to hide."

Staff told Channel 4 that when Jimmy Savile was appointed to head up a task force at the hospital in 1988, it was as though "the lunatics had taken over the asylum."

The allegations being made against Savile have raised questions as to why victims have not come forward sooner or in greater numbers.

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Broadmoor is a high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire

Dr Elena Martellozzo, a senior lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University and advisor to the Metropolitan Police paedophile unit, says society was, to some extent, simply blinded by his personality and celebrity status.

She told Huffington Post UK: "I think we need to remember that Jimmy Savile was an astute sex offender. He ticks every single box, in the sense that not only did he groom those children that he abused eventually, but he groomed everybody - the whole of society."

The revelations come as it was announced Savile's £4.3million estate has been frozen.

NatWest Bank, which is acting as the Jim'll Fix It presenter's will executor and trustee, said the distribution of his assets had been put on hold because of the allegations.

NatWest said in a statement: "Given the claims raised, distribution of the estate has been put on hold."

Savile's will was written in 2006 and bequeaths his savings and other assets to 26 separate beneficiaries, according to the Financial Times (FT).

The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of the document which instructs that £20,000 in cash was to be shared between 20 of the celebrity's friends, family and neighbours.

It says a further £600,000 was to be put into a trust fund, with the interest shared between eight people.

The remainder - just under £3.7 million before expenses - was to be held by NatWest on behalf of The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, according to the FT.

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  • Savile's intended individual beneficiaries include the trustees of both his charities and existing and former employees of Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital, the newspaper added.

    Police are investigating claims that the star, who died in October last year, sexually assaulted individuals at both NHS sites.

    Savile's estate was previously put on hold in July after a woman claimed to be his illegitimate daughter, the FT said.

    It is believed the latest freeze may be in anticipation of legal claims for damages by Savile's alleged victims.

    Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities. He is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims.

    Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry as part of the investigation while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse.

    It is also looking at the decision-making process that saw a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities shelved.

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    • Jimmy Savile in 1961 around the time he was working for Radio Luxembourg. He is at London Airport with Pan American stewardess Birgit Johansson with two gold discs; one is for American singer Elvis Presley for having sold one million copies of "It's Now or Never" in the UK, and the other is for Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker

    • Cilla Black and Jimmy Savile before a Variety Club Luncheon at the Savoy Hotel. Taken in 1964, the year Savile became the first presenter of Top of the Pops

    • Two women have come forward with allegations from the 1960s, one who was 14 and another who was a teenager when she claims Savile sexually abused her in Scarborough

    • Savile in 1969 with Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied (PHAB) member Erika Mentz from Germany and other PHAB members at a dance at Devonshire House

    • 1969 also saw Savile begin volunteering at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for specialist spinal injuries. He would later be given a room there

    • Jimmy Savile presenting a cheque to children on behalf of the NSPCC in 1969

    • The 1970s saw Savile start volunteering at Leeds General Infirmary and...

    • ... Broadmoor secure high-security psychiatric hospital. Allegations by former patients have been made against Savile although ex-workers have disputed the idea that he could have been left alone with anyone whilst working there

    • The 70s also saw the start of Jim'll Fix It. Allegations from this period include Caroline Moore, a 13-year-old patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1971, who says Savile "rammed his tongue" down her throat and another allegation accuses Savile of molesting a brain-damaged teenage patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972

    • The 1980s saw the continuation of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It as Savile became a much loved household name. Two allegations relating to this time include one from a then-15-year-old girl (not pictured) who made a complaint of abuse by Savile in Lancashire. Pictured is 12-year-old Rebecca Heap

    • Savile at the Stoke Mandeville hospital with injured children from Beirut in 1987

    • Savile was knighted in 1990 and continued his charity work throughout the decade

    • Savile was questioned in 2007 by police about allegations of sexual abuse but the Crown Prosecution service says there is not enough evidence to warrant a prosecution

    • A 2008 police report into abuse at the Haut de Garenne children's home in Jersey names Savile, although this is never made public

    • Savile re-united with his Jim'll Fix It chair in 2009. The previous year Sussex police received a complaint of sexual assault but went on to say the victim was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation"

    • Jimmy Savile is found dead at the age of 84 in October 2011. He is buried in Scarborough

    • In December 2011 the BBC drop an investigation by Newsnight into the allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. Three tribute programmes are aired instead

    • ITV airs a documentary, 'Exposure, the Other Side of Jimmy Savile', in which a number of women claim they were abused by Savile as youngsters, including Karin Ward (pictured)

    • Within days of the documentary, many more allegations surface. By the 9 October Peter Spindler of the Metropolitan Police tells the BBC: "It is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender"

    • 11 October 2012 and George Entwistle, Director General of the BBC, asks journalists why the Newsnight programme was dropped as police from Tayside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Yorkshire police say they are investigating allegations going back to 1959

    • 12 October and police reveal they have 340 potential lines of inquiry

    • 15 October sees a man come forward alleging that Savile abused him when he was a nine-year-old boyscout

    • Savile's family removed his headstone from his grave and broke it up in the wake of the furore

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