25/10/2012 10:23 BST | Updated 25/10/2012 10:35 BST

Jimmy Savile Sex Abuse Allegations 'Laughed At' Claims Crime Commissioner Candidate

A former television newsreader said he was "laughed at" after telling managers he spotted Jimmy Savile pinching a girl's bottom whilst he was working at Yorkshire Television in the 1980s.

Alan Hardwick, who is running for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, told the Boston Standard the look on the girl's face will never leave him. He said she was about 12 or 13 at the time.

"I didn’t quite believe what I was seeing.

“The girl turned to Savile, I can still see her now, the look on her face, I struggle to find the words to describe it, was stunned disbelief.

“He just looked down and gave her a broad smile.”

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Some have suggested Jimmy Savile may have used his celebrity status to get away with the abuse

Mr Hardwick said excuses were given when he told bosses what had happened, with one saying the girl must have been a relative. But when he told others in the TV industry at the BBC, they laughed saying "Don't you know Savile likes them young?"

His testimony comes as health secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested Savile's celebrity status may have protected him

He told ITV1's Daybreak: "The big question that we need to answer is whether, because of his celebrity status, Jimmy Savile was given special treatment, in terms of access to hospitals, keys to hospitals, and things that ordinary people wouldn't have been given and shouldn't have been given."

A Department of Health inquiry into Savile would cover "everything we need to do", he added.

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Doctors who worked at hospitals where Jimmy Savile volunteered are being investigated

Mark Williams-Thomas, the former detective who exposed Jimmy Savile in an ITV documentary, has told Radio 5 live Breakfast that there could be as many as 500 victims.

The Sun reported that more than 20 allegations of abuse are being investigated at Savile's cottage in the Scottish Highlands.

The newspaper published a photograph of what it said are detectives searching the property, Allt na Reigh, in Glencoe.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "We would never give a running commentary on an ongoing investigation, no matter what the profile of it is."

A Northern Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We are assisting the Metropolitan Police with their inquiries."

Savile is said to have entertained a number of celebrities at the cottage.

Plans to turn the remote property into a respite care centre for the disabled were reportedly halted when the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust closed down in the wake of the growing sex abuse scandal.