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Jimmy Savile Abuse: Did Disgraced DJ Kill A Child? Police Launch Fresh Probe

27/06/2014 10:49 BST | Updated 27/06/2014 10:59 BST
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File photo dated 01/01/1972 of Jimmy Savile visiting the patients and staff of Leeds General Infirmary as findings of a series of major investigations by NHS hospitals into allegations of abuse by the disgraced presenter is due to be published.

Jimmy Savile may have been involved in the death of a child during his horrifying 50 year campaign of abuse, a shocking new report has said.

The allegation was detailed in a report published today following an independent investigation into Savile by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

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According to the Daily Mail, a male witness, who claims he was also sexually abused by the late DJ, said he saw Savile and a friend "drag away" a little girl who was found dead in Leicestershire the next day.

The vulnerable child, called either "April or Elizabeth" was being cared for at the Roecliffe Manor children's convalescent home in Woodhouse Eaves in the 1960s, the informant said.

The report stated: "The Informant stated that he witnessed a girl, who he believes was called April or Elizabeth, being dragged across the garden at Roecliffe Manor by “Jimmy” and another man. She appeared to be in a stupor.

"The next day the Informant was told by the Matron that this girl had died." The home was shut shortly after the alleged incident in the 1960s.

However, the report concluded that it could not corroborate the claim and said it had found "no reference to the death of a child at Roecliffe Manor."

But Leicestershire Police has today confirmed it is investigating the claims, the Mail reported.

It emerged this week that the late BBC entertainer sexually abused victims ranging in age from 5 to 75 in hospitals across Britain for decades.

The findings, which cover 28 hospitals and date from the 1960s, said Savile used his access to multiple hospitals as a celebrity, volunteer and fundraiser to exploit and abuse patients and hospital workers of both sexes.

Among the disturbing allegations were claims that Savile had abused the dead.

Investigators at Leeds General Infirmary were told Thursday that Savile admitted performing sex acts on the dead in the hospital mortuary.

And a patient at Barnet General, in London, overheard nurses discussing how they had seen Savile have sex with a dead body at another hospital.

The DJ even bragged that large rings he wore were "made from the glass eyes of dead bodies at the mortuary".

This week's report said Savile enjoyed unrestricted access to Leeds General Infirmary as he raised £3.5 million through his charity activities. This gave him the opportunities he needed to indulge in abusive and inappropriate contact with patients and staff.