AN INVESTIGATION into claims Jimmy Savile sexually abused a child at a children’s home in Bournemouth has been completed.
The Bournemouth home, which has not been identified, was one of 20 children’s homes and schools across England and Wales to be investigated after new allegations against the disgraced television presenter came to light as part of Operation Yewtree.
The allegations, which date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, were handed to the Department for Education (DfE) following a review of documents by the Metropolitan Police.
They included one historic incident which is alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in the borough.
Jane Portman, executive director for adults and children atBournemouth Borough Council, said the investigation into the claim has now been completed, but the findings would not be made public until reviewed by the Department for Education.
She said: “A thorough and detailed investigation has been carried out into an alleged historical incident in a children’s home in the Bournemouth area which was referred to us as part of the Metropolitan Police’s national Operation Yewtree.
“A comprehensive report of our investigation has been submitted to the Department for Education which will be made public in due course.”
Savile, who is thought to have abused up to 1,000 victims, had several links to Bournemouth.
The former BBC Radio 1 DJ bought a flat on the East Cliff and moved in during April 1972.
He kept the flat and visited occasionally where he was often seen running along the promenade.
The property was reportedly sold for charity when he died in 2011, aged 84.
Savile also once owned the popular Bournemouth cafe Norwegian Wood in Glen Fern Road and surrounding buildings and worked as a public relations consultant for the Maison Royale/Le Cardinal nightclub complex on Glen Fern Road from 1973 until 1978.