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West Savile allegations

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

THE police investigation into sexual abuse carried out by DJ Jimmy Savile has reached Devon, police have revealed.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it had received six allegations as part of Operation Yewtree and was working closely with officers involved in the investigation.

Operation Yewtree was launched after serial abuse by the BBC TV presenter came to light.

It has three strands; offences committed by Savile, those by him and others, and those just by others.

The operation has resulted in a string of high-profile arrests including pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and PR supremo Max Clifford.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the incidents in the Westcountry were being reviewed to see if further investigation was required.

Of the allegations reported, four are in Devon and one in Cornwall, with one other request from another police force to visit a possible victim who lives in the area.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We continue to encourage all those affected by abuse to report the matter at the earliest opportunity.

"We have specially trained officers to support and protect victims who come forward to report such incidents including crimes where abuse has occurred some time ago.

"Where victims feel that they do not wish to report the matter to the police then we would encourage them to seek advice and guidance from support agencies in their area.

"We will support all victims through this difficult time."

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