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Investigation into claims late DJ Jimmy Savile abused at children's home in Gloucestershire

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile

DETECTIVES are investigating claims the late Jimmy Savile abused youngsters at a former children’s home in Gloucestershire.

The county-council run Parklands Children’s Home, which has since been knocked down, has been identified as one of 21 locations where the BBC DJ allegedly preyed on minors.

The information has been uncovered by the Met Police and the Department of Education said the allegations relate to offences carried out in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Linda Uren, director of children’s services, said: “The county council will be carrying out a full investigation into the allegations made, working closely with Gloucestershire Police, the Metropolitan Police and the Department of Education.

"We will do everything in our power to find out exactly what happened many years ago, and ensure that everything is being done to keep young people safe from harm today.”

Parklands was a children’s home in Whitminster, originally opening in the 1950s and closing in 2002. The investigation will cover the process for protecting children in Parklands at the time, how they compare to now and is everything being done now to protect our young people.

The investigation will be carried out according to guidance received from the Department for Education and overseen by the person that they have appointed.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "This information was uncovered as part of the document review process undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Department of Health.

"Having reviewed the information, I have decided that the Department for Education should pass the information to the appropriate organisations for further investigation.

"In most cases the work will be conducted by the relevant local authority; in others the relevant institution or a legacy organisation will take the lead."

In January 2013, a Metropolitan Police report said Savile had been a "prolific, predatory sex offender" who was able to "hide in plain sight" while abusing his victims.

A second report said he could have been prosecuted in 2009 if victims had been taken more seriously.

A criminal investigation, Operation Yewtree, was launched in October 2012.

Police have said Savile abused more than 200 people over six decades.

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