A relative of Jimmy Savile has called for his body to be exhumed and cremated out of respect for other bereaved families.

Guy Marsden, a nephew of the disgraced DJ, said he "100%" supported families who called for Savile's body to be moved away from the graves of their loved ones in Scarborough's Woodlands Cemetery following claims that Savile abused 300 people over six decades.

Mr Marsden, of Leeds, said: "If it was one of mine who was buried there, I wouldn't like it if someone like Jimmy was in the same place.

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Jimmy Savile: A nephew has called for him to be cremated

"Our thoughts are with their loved ones.

"At the end of the day, they say his grave can be exhumed and they can cremate Jimmy Savile and they can put him in a private place known only to the family. But who'd want to visit him anyway? I wouldn't want to know.

"I know that a lot of my family would say the same."

Mr Marsden, a roofer, stressed that no formal plans to exhume Savile had been made and he has not been offered any official guidance on the matter, but said he would support the plans if they went ahead.

Calls to dig up the late BBC star were made public at a Scarborough Borough Council meeting on Monday, during which the council voted to remove his name from its Freedom of the Borough honours list.

Cllr Colin Haddington, for Filey, said the family of a young child buried very close to Savile's grave was particularly distressed.

He said: "I was approached by one of my constituents who informed me that her granddaughter is buried in Woodlands Cemetery and unfortunately Jimmy Savile has been buried very close by this lady's granddaughter.

"This has caused a great deal of distress to the constituent and her family.

"I put it to the council that if Jimmy Savile's body could be exhumed or cremated."
Council leaders said the decision to move the disgraced presenter could only be made by Savile's family and they had no current plans to exhume the body.

Meanwhile police confirmed that Savile may have been questioned by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

The revelation came after a senior officer who worked on the inquiry revealed Savile was a suspect in the notorious case more than 30 years ago.

Former West Yorkshire Police detective John Stainthorpe said police approached the Leeds-born presenter after an anonymous tip-off.

Mr Stainthorpe told ITV's Calendar News: "When the Ripper was really active, one of the suspects put forward by the public was, in fact, Jimmy Savile. Obviously, it was not he, but he was interviewed along with many others."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "As with thousands of other men in Leeds at the time, he may at some time have been approached by detectives on the investigation.

"What is without doubt is that Savile was clearly not the Yorkshire Ripper."

The Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, has jumped to the defence of Savile, who he says befriended him during regular visits to Broadmoor high security hospital.

He told the Sun newspaper that those making allegations were "jumping on the bandwagon".

Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women in 1981 and sentenced to life imprisonment. He remains at Broadmoor and has been told he will never be freed.

Savile, who died last year aged 84, has also been linked to allegations of abuse at a care home in North Wales.

The Sun claimed boys were molested for his "entertainment" at Bryn Estyn in the 1970s.

Lawyers representing Savile's alleged victims said they have notified his estate executors, the BBC and three hospitals that they plan to launch damages claims against them.

Savile's £4 million estate has already been frozen by executors NatWest.

Law firm Pannone, which has been contacted by 46 of his alleged victims, says it has received "firm instructions" to proceed with eight claims.

Seven will be made against Savile's estate and one against the BBC and his estate jointly.

All victims were aged between 10 and 13 when the alleged abuse took place in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Liz Dux, an expert in child abuse cases at lawyers Russell, Jones & Walker, said she has been contacted by around 35 victims.

She said letters have been sent to the BBC and Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor hospitals telling them legal action is planned against them. NatWest has also been contacted in its role as estate executor.

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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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