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Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, 72, is revealed as 13th man to be arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree

Published June 6, 2013 by misty534
  • Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London
  • He was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal

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A former Radio 1 DJ has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London by officers working on Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree.

Police said the suspect, whom they have not formally named, was questioned on suspicion of sexual offences.

But today it emerged that the arrested man was Denning and that he was quizzed over ‘historic allegations’.

It is understood he is not accused of any offences with Savile, a former colleague.

Denning famously posed for a picture with a host of famous DJs for the launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in 1967.

Among those alongside him were Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Terry Wogan, Pete Murray, Ed Stewart and John Peel.

After leaving Radio 1, Denning helped launched the career of Gary Glitter and later moved overseas.

In recent times, he has been staying at a hostel for the homeless in East London, which the Mail is not identifying for legal reasons.

There was no sign of him there on Tuesday or yesterday, but sources confirmed he had been a resident there.

Scotland Yard said Denning, the 13th man to be detained by Yewtree, was arrested on Monday afternoon. He was later bailed to return pending further inquiries on a date in July.

Last month the Mail revealed that comedian Jim Davidson is being investigated by Yewtree officers over claims he indecently assaulted a woman in the Falkland Islands in the 1980s.

Detectives, are probing claims the 59-year-old comedian committed a sex offence during a concert tour after the Falklands War.

The attack is alleged to have happened while the former Generation Game host was entertaining British troops.

Davidson, 59, was originally arrested in January of this year over alleged sex offences in the UK. He denies all the allegations.

 

Other arrested celebrities include, entertainer Rolf Harris, DJ Dave Lee Travis and comedian Freddie Starr. Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has also been detained. They also deny any wrongdoing

PR guru Max Clifford has charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. The 70-year-old has vowed to clear his name, labelling the allegations “a load of nonsense”.

Critics claim the Yewtree investigation has become a celebrity witch-hunt.

But Yard chiefs insist it is fair and proportionate. At least one more celebrity is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks.

the Mail online

Introducing CAASE, A New Alliance Against On-Street Grooming and Child Sexual Abuse

Published May 11, 2013 by misty534

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There are few more awful crimes than the sexual abuse of children. There are certainly fewer crimes that incite so much anger and hatred within our communities. Sexual assaults on young girls have been in the news recently with the unfolding Jimmy Savile scandal, the arrests of several high-profile TV stars and the reports into abuse at a North Wales children’s home and Manchester music school.

On Thursday, the jury at an Old Bailey trial retired to consider a verdict against nine men from Oxford accused of grooming and sexually exploiting young girls over an eight-year period. This is just the latest in a series of high-profile cases involving British Muslim men, which have then been seized upon and exploited by the Far Right and more general anti-Muslim adherents. In fact, there is little else they are campaigning on at the moment. But if we are to prevent the likes of the British National Party (BNP), English Defence League (EDL), National Front (NF) and their hate-fuelled friends benefiting from these cases, we need to prove to the public that we are concerned about these stories of grooming by both gangs and individuals, and, more importantly, are going to do something about it.

And that’s why HOPE not hate is delighted to be involved in the setting up of the ‘Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’ (CAASE). We are seeking to develop a cross-community initiative that can deal head on with the issue of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’.

Our aims are simple. We want to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, via education and campaigning across all communities. We want to encourage reporting and promote services to help vulnerable young people. We want to produce training kits and background fact-sheets for faith and community leaders, so they can speak out with knowledge and confidence.

Furthermore, we intend to produce myth-busting materials to counter extremist groups who are tempted to exploit these terrible crimes for their own destructive purposes, in order to divide communities and stir up hatred. And we want to create a space for dialogue and open discussion between – and within – communities, to help break down misconceptions, address issues of real concern and develop more effective cross-community responses.

Fundamentally, we want to help create a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude to child sexual exploitation and develop young leaders to take the campaign into their communities.

Paedophilia and sex abuse reach across all communities. These sickening actions involve men from all ethnic backgrounds – so it is vital we take ‘race’ out of the equation. However, we must also be willing to confront the issue wherever we find it. Staying silent and ignoring the problem is simply not an option.

There are many great initiatives going on already. Police, local authorities and child protection agencies are working hard. But there is more that can be done. We believe that community and faith organisations are often best-placed to reach out to local people and prevent their communities being divided: that is why CAASE is a long overdue initiative and one that we hope will make a real difference.

Led by the Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), and HOPE not hate (HNH), CAASE is being supported by faith and civic leaders including the Muslim Council of BritainMuslim Youth HelplineMuslim Community HelplineFederation of Muslim Organisationsthe Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)Faith Associates, the Christian Muslim ForumCity Sikhs Network, and the Church of England, plus women’s rights networks including Inspire, the Henna Foundation, and Making Herstory.

Professional guidance is being provided by Victim Support, plus STREET, which works with at-risk young people, and NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) which specialises in support for abuse survivors.

Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation – CAASE – is a cross-community response to the issue of ‘on-street grooming by gangs’. It launches today, 10 May, in Bradford

 

by Nick Lowles

Jimmy Savile: Five-year-old revealed as youngest victim of UK’s most prolific paedophile

Published May 10, 2013 by misty534

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West Yorkshire Police said that the victim was one of 68 people who have come forward to say they were abused by the TV star

The youngest known victim of BBC paedophile Jimmy Savile was a five-year-old child, a police report revealed today.

West Yorkshire Police said that the victim was one of 68 people who have come forward to say they were abused by the TV star.

The force found 72 of the 76 recorded crimes were in Leeds itself.

Almost half of these crimes were against people aged 14 to 17, but nine victims were nine-years-old or under and a further nine were aged 10 to 13.

The figures showed 49 victims were female and 19 were male.

Most of the offences were committed in the 1960s or 70s and the range of reported offences included rape, sexual activity with a child under 13 and indecent exposure.

The report comes after a review by West Yorkshire Police into the force’s contacts with Jimmy Savile.

It examined the history of Savile’s relationship with the force, including reports that officers attended his well-known Friday Morning Club at his Leeds flat.

The findings of the report, which were published today, concluded that West Yorkshire Police didn’t protect Savile’s crimes but admit ‘mistakes were made’.

It said: “There is no evidence that he was protected from arrest or prosecution for any offences as a result of his relationship with WYP, or individual friendships with officers.”

The report also examined the way in which WYP used Savile’s celebrity status to front a range of campaigns and appeals.

The report said it was “of greater concern” that the force continued to used Savile as part of crime prevention campaigns even after it received a request from Surrey Police in 2007 to check what records were held on the broadcaster as part of its investigation into abuse at Duncroft School.

Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee said in her introduction to the report: “There is no doubt that police forces made mistakes in relation to sharing and keeping information relating to Savile so no single clear picture of his offending could be made.

“As Savile’s home police force, WYP would have been the obvious place to collect all such information, but investigation has shown that much of the available information during Savile’s lifetime was never shared with WYP and, when it was, WYP did not connect the events to recognise a potential pattern of offending.”

Ms Lee said the review was started “to separate myth and rumour from fact”.

A lawyer representing Jimmy Savile’s victims said that the report “doesn’t add up”.

Alan Collins, who represents 40 victims of the disgraced broadcaster, said: “Savile was able to run rings around the police for decades. He used police officers.”

Mr Collins told ITV’s Daybreak: “”He was engrained with them, dovetailed with them.

“The report begs a lot more questions. It provides some answers but the report reveals memories that are not as sharp as perhaps they ought to be, ‘can’t remember’, documents that can’t seem to be located.

“It doesn’t add up.”

By Andy Rudd

Age of consent should be lowered to 13 to stop persecution of old men and sex assault victims SHOULDN’T get anonymity, says leading barrister

Published May 8, 2013 by misty534

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  • Barbara Hewson is a barrister at Hardwicke chambers in London
  • She described Operation Yewtree arrests as a ‘grotesque spectacle’
  • Claimed disgraced Stuart Hall’s crimes were ‘low level misdemeanors’
  • NSPCC said her ‘outdated and simply ill-informed’ views ‘beggars belief’

 

The age of consent for sex should be lowered to 13-years-old in a bid to end the ‘persecution of old men’ in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, a top female barrister has argued.

Lawyer Barbara Hewson described the arrests of celebrities such as Rolf Harris, Dave Lee Travis, Jim Davidson and PR guru Max Clifford under Operation Yewtree as a ‘grotesque spectacle’ adding it had ‘nothing to do with justice or the public interest’.

Ms Hewson, a barrister at Hardwicke chambers in London, described the crimes committed by disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall as ‘low level misdemeanours’ which would not normally be prosecuted.

In an article for online magazine Spiked, Ms Hewson, who specialises in reproductive rights, also calls for the end of anonymity for complainants.

Children’s charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said to hear such ‘outdated and simply ill-informed’ views from a highly-experienced barrister ‘beggars belief’.

Her comments come as Scotland Yard runs Operation Yewtree, an investigation split into three inquiries into allegations involving deceased presenter Jimmy Savile, involving Savile and others and those involving just others.

A number of high-profile figures have been arrested under Yewtree such as entertainer Rolf Harris, former pop star Gary Glitter, DJ Dave Lee Travis, comedian Jim Davidson and PR guru Max Clifford. All deny any wrongdoing.

Ms Hewson argues that ‘the post-Savile witch-hunting of ageing celebs echoes the Soviet Union’ and says that it is not difficult to see why some elderly defendants ‘conclude that resistance is useless’.

She adds: ‘But the low-level misdemeanours with which Stuart Hall was charged are nothing like serious crime.’

Ms Hewson continues: ‘Ordinarily, Hall’s misdemeanours would not be prosecuted, and certainly not decades after the event.

‘What we have here is the manipulation of the British criminal-justice system to produce scapegoats on demand. It is a grotesque spectacle.’

 
Rolf Harris is among the celebrities to be arrested under Operation Yewtree in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex inquiry
PR guru Max Clifford is among the celebrities to be arrested under Operation Yewtree in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex inquiry
 
 
Comedian Jim Davidson is among the celebrities to be arrested under Operation Yewtree in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex inquiry
DJ Dave Lee Travis is among the celebrities to be arrested under Operation Yewtree
 

‘A grotesque spectacle’: Lawyer Barbara Hewson criticised the arrests of celebrities including  Rolf Harris, Max Clifford Dave Lee Travis and Jim Davidson, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex inquiry

She continues: ‘It’s time to end this prurient charade, which has nothing to do with justice or the public interest.’

The barrister adds: ‘Instead, we should focus on arming today’s youngsters with the savoir-faire and social skills to avoid drifting into compromising situations, and prosecute modern crime.

‘As for law reform, now regrettably necessary, my recommendations are remove complainant anonymity, introduce a strict statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and civil actions and reduce the age of consent to 13.’

Ms Hewson argues that ‘touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt’ are not comparable to cases such as the Ealing Vicarage rape or Fordingbridge gang rape and murders from 1986.

She adds: “Anyone suggesting otherwise has lost touch with reality.’

And Ms Hewson labels charities like the NSPCC and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) as “moral crusaders’ who have infiltrated Yewtree.

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said: “These outdated and simply ill-informed views would be shocking to hear from anyone but to hear them from a highly experienced barrister simply beggars belief.

‘Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to abusing children as young as nine years old, we think most people would agree that crimes of this nature are incredibly serious. Thankfully the law, and most people, are very clear on this matter.

‘To minimise and trivialise the impact of these offences for victims in this way is all but denying that they have in fact suffered abuse at all. Any suggestion of lowering the age of consent could put more young people at risk from those who prey on vulnerable young people.

‘And we must strongly defend the right for victims to remain anonymous and to ask for justice no matter when they choose to come forward.

‘Many who are abused are bullied, blackmailed and shamed into staying silent, often well into adulthood. We must always be prepared to act no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

‘The actions of those who speak out also protect others from abuse and give confidence to other victims to come forward.’

Ms Hewson is regularly ranked as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 in the fields of public and administrative law, human rights and civil liberties, and professional discipline and regulatory law, according to her chambers’ website.

She has won cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court and High Court of the Republic of Ireland.

 

THe Daily Mail

 

A barrister calls for the age of consent to be lowered as celebrities, such as Stuart Hall, are “persecuted” over “misdemeanours”.

Published May 8, 2013 by misty534

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A barrister calls for the age of consent to be lowered as celebrities, such as Stuart Hall, are “persecuted” over “misdemeanours”.

The “persecution of old men” in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal is wrong and the age of consent should be lowered to 13, according to a leading barrister.

Barbara Hewson said the child sex abuse crimes of the disgraced television presenter Stuart Hall were “low level misdemeanours”.

She also said the law that guarantees anonymity for those who complain of sex abuse should be scrapped.

The leading human rights barrister at London chambers Hardwicke said: “The post-Savile witch-hunting of ageing celebs echoes the Soviet Union”.

Her comments in the online magazine, Spiked, came as Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree continued its inquiries into allegations involving Savile and others, many of whom have been high-profile names.

It has led to the arrest of Rolf Harris, the former pop star Gary Glitter, DJ Dave Lee Travis, comedian Jim Davidson and PR guru Max Clifford. All deny any wrongdoing.

She claims the witch-hunting is the result of the “do-gooders” and “moral crusaders” who have infiltrated “Britain’s law-enforcement apparatus.”

She goes on to name these “moral crusaders” as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).

Both charities take part in Operation Yewtree.

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The publicist Max Clifford has vowed to clear his name after sex charges

In the article, Ms Hewson said: “But the low-level misdemeanours with which Stuart Hall was charged are nothing like serious crime.”

She added: “Ordinarily, Hall’s misdemeanours would not be prosecuted, and certainly not decades after the event.

“What we have here is the manipulation of the British criminal-justice system to produce scapegoats on demand. It is a grotesque spectacle.”

And she concluded: “As for law reform, now regrettably necessary, my recommendations are remove complainant anonymity, introduce a strict statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and civil actions and reduce the age of consent to 13.”

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said: “These outdated and simply ill-informed views would be shocking to hear from anyone but to hear them from a highly experienced barrister simply beggars belief.

“Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to abusing children as young as nine years old, we think most people would agree that crimes of this nature are incredibly serious. Thankfully the law, and most people, are very clear on this matter.

“To minimise and trivialise the impact of these offences for victims in this way is all but denying that they have in fact suffered abuse at all. Any suggestion of lowering the age of consent could put more young people at risk from those who prey on vulnerable young people.”

Ms Hewson is regularly ranked as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 in the fields of public and administrative law, human rights and civil liberties, and professional discipline and regulatory law, according to her chambers’ website.

She has won cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court and High Court of the Republic of Ireland.

 

 

Sky news

Savile scandal prompts more historic rape victims to speak out

Published April 5, 2013 by misty534
Savile scandal prompts more historic rape victims to speak out

Hundreds more rape victims encouraged by arrests in the Jimmy Savile case are coming forward to report past sex attacks.

So far this year Sussex Police has received more reports of historic sex crimes than assaults which had been committed within a month.

One rape charity said calls to their historic abuse helpline had soared by 42% compared to last year.

Both police and health workers said more victims were feeling confident that their experiences would be believed.

In December, Sussex Police received 119 reports of sexual offences of all kinds, of which 43 had taken place more than a month before the complaint.

But in January – when the full report into Jimmy Savile’s past was released – the number of historic sex assaults almost doubled to 80, more than half the total number of reports received.

By February the percentage of historic complaints received had risen again to 61%.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The recent trend in Sussex is that more than half of such reports are made 28 days or more after the offence took place.

“We believe, although it is hard to be certain, that this is due at least in part to the increased public awareness of this issue, caused by the Savile case and similar cases nationwide.”

Survivors’ Network, a Brighton-based charity offering confidential support to victims of sex abuse, said rising numbers of people were choosing not to “suffer in silence” any more.

Their historic abuse helpline experienced a 42% increase in the number of calls during January 2013 compared to the same period last year.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Survivors Network has also experienced an increase in the numbers of people seeking support around their historic sexual abuse. “We support women whether they decide to report it to the police or not and offer a variety of services to suit individual needs.

“It is reassuring to know that more people are starting to feel that they will be believed, which is another step closer to removing the shame and secrecy that surrounds sexual abuse.”

If you have been a victim of abuse, call Sussex Police on 101 or the Survivors Network confidential helpline on 01273 720110.

 

by Bill Gardner

First Charges In Savile Sex Investigation

Published April 3, 2013 by misty534

Driver David Smith is charged with five sex offences including indecent assault and gross indecency on a boy under 14.

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A man in his 60s is to be charged with a series of sex offences as part of a probe related to the Jimmy Savile inquiry, prosecutors have said.

David Smith is the first to be charged as part of Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the Savile scandal.

When he was arrested the Met said it was under the strand of the operation looking at complaints against people not connected to the late DJ.

A BBC correspondent said Mr Smith was a chauffeur who drove for the BBC.

However, it is not clear if he also drove for other employers, or that the offences he is charged with were in connection with work for the corporation.

Home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds quotes a source as saying David Smith was involved in driving guests for BBC programmes.

Mr Smith is to be charged with two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14, two of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and one of a serious sexual offence against a boy under 16, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The offences are alleged to have taken place during 1984 and all relate to a single victim, the CPS said.

Mr Smith, who was arrested on 10 December 2012, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 8 May.

‘Public interest’

Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: “The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to David Smith, who was employed as a driver at the time of the allegations.

“The CPS received a file of evidence on 21 December 2012. Further enquiries were necessary and the result of those enquiries was received by the CPS on 18 March.

“We have concluded, in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, and that it is in the public interest for David Smith to be charged with five offences.”

So far, 11 people have been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.

The operation was set up to look into allegations of sex abuse against BBC DJ and television presenter Savile, which were made following his death in October 2011.

A Met Police report said he had abused adults and children across the country over more than five decades. The NSPCC said Savile, who was 84 when he died, had been one of the most prolific sex offenders in its 129-year history.

Operation Yewtree has three strands:

  • One is looking specifically at the actions of Savile
  • The second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”
  • The third strand, termed “others”, involves allegations from people who have come forward as a result of the publicity about Savile – but who have said they were sexually assaulted by people unconnected to him

Ten people have been arrested and one suspect was interviewed under caution.

High-profile names held in connection with the investigation are PR consultant Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and comedian Jim Davidson – who all deny any wrongdoing. Gary Glitter, 69, whose real name is Paul Gadd, who was also arrested, has not yet made a statement.

Last week police said a former BBC producer who was held as part of the operation would face no further charges.

Wilfred De’Ath was arrested last year in Cambridgeshire over an allegation of indecent assault on a girl in the 60s.

He was the first suspect held under Yewtree whom the CPS made a decision on.

 

Sky news

Why The Oldie exposed Savile child abuse: ‘I just thought it was a good story’

Published April 2, 2013 by misty534

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Last year seven national newspapers turned down the chance to expose allegations that the BBC had failed to report child abuse claims made against Jimmy Savile.

Because the story didn’t gain widespread coverage until an ITV documentary in October it’s easy to forget that the first title to air the allegations was The Oldie.

Savile was dead so there was no libel risk – but what gave a generally light-hearted, monthly magazine the courage to publish such a bold story, which the nationals wouldn’t touch?

“I just thought it was a good story,” says editor Richard Ingrams.

“It’s hard to remember now but Savile was not exactly venerated prior to this exposure. I remember being rather amazed by the way the obituaries of Savile didn’t mention these rumours that we were all aware of – it was totally airbrushed out of his story.”

“I don’t think anyone’s really explained how he got away with it,” he says, noting that people have suggested that surely Private Eye, which Ingrams co-founded and edited until 1986,  knew something – “we didn’t”.

Ingrams says he never suppressed any Savile stories at Private Eye and believes the story may never have been told before because victims were too “scared” to expose him.

Following his death, though, the victims came forward and still the story wasn’t explored on a wide scale by the press until after Mark Williams-Thomas’s documentary – nearly a year after Savile’s death.

Trying to explain why papers didn’t take up the story before, Ingrams suggests that in some cases the press doesn’t touch something because it might be seen as “unfair”.

“If you ask people before all this came out they would say, ‘well, Jimmy Savile has done a lot of work for charities, raised millions of pounds for hospitals, et cetera’. It’s difficult now to think that people might have thought like that – but it was the case.”

He compares the situation to the case of Robert Maxwell, pointing out that mass tributes were paid to him before allegations of fraud emerged after his death – “it was only then… that people said: ‘Oh, we knew all along.’”

The Oldie

Asked whether he agrees with the tag, ‘Private Eye for grown-ups’, to describe The Oldie Ingrams cringes – “I wouldn’t say that”, he says, claiming that cartoons are the magazine’s biggest draw.

But he does take great pride in some of the more serious, campaigning stories – some of which he feels the mainstream media are missing out on.

“You sometimes feel that a story may come up and last just a day and then everybody moves on to something else – I think attention span has got something to do with it,” he says.

“Take the war in Syria. For quite a lot of time that was front-page news. And it’s still going on. It’s as bad as ever. More and more people are dying but editors are saying, ‘oh, we’ve had enough of this – we don’t want to hear any more about that’. And it’s forgotten.”

Ingrams believes this happens far too often. Citing the recent resignation of the Pope – the next day the Daily Mail led with horsemeat, The Sun with Paul Gascoigne and the Daily Star with Big Brother – he suggests it is because editors think that once something has been on television or on the internet it is old news.

This is not the case for Ingrams. He may follow the broadcast media but is generally a technophobe – he doesn’t have a mobile phone and relies on his “skillful, talented staff” to manage his emails (he has a mound of papers rather than a computer at his desk).

He bats off a suggestion that if he was younger, trying to break into the journalism, he might not be able to survive without a mobile phone and computer skills – “I don’t know about that…Part of the reason I hate mobile phones is they are a terrible distraction. If you’re trying to think of work and your phone keeps going off, you can’t do it. You can’t live your life like that,” he says.

“It’s not that the phone rings but it’s that you think it might ring any moment of the day or night. Now people live with that – no wonder there are so many loonies around.”

He insists he does not have a “luddite” hatred of technology, but does bemoan the fact that everyone he sees on his commute is “plugged in and clutching their mobile phones”. Ingrams, meanwhile, reads three newspapers a day – The Independent (despite the fact editor Chris Blackhurst dropped his column last year), The Times and the Daily Mail.

Although The Oldie has a website Ingrams says that websites just “aren’t the same” as print. He adds: “The Oldie is a visual thing. People aren’t aware of the importance of the look of magazines and newspapers.”

Private Eye

Ingrams includes Private Eye in this criticism, saying he thinks it should carry more cartoons. Though he does admit it is inevitable that he will pick holes in the current running of a magazine he helped found 50 years ago.

“It’s very, very different from what it used to be,” he says. “I think the satirical part of it is different – it’s become a lot of little pieces as opposed to a few quite long pieces. It’s much more bang, bang, bang.

“There’s a lot more factual stuff than there used to be, particularly at the front of the magazine. I find I could do with less of it.

“I think Ian Hislop’s attitude is that the punters have to be given their money’s worth but you do feel slightly that every page is crammed with as much copy or jokes as you could get in.”

Ingrams, who is 75, ended his official involvement with Private Eye at the beginning of 2012 when he gave up as chairman, though he points out that this was always an “honorary” title after he stood down as editor in 1986.

Although Ingrams appointed Hislop to replace him, he also suggests that perhaps it is time for his successor to start thinking about stepping down – “I’m a great believer in resigning”.

Despite this opinion, Ingrams believes he has done a good job – citing the title’s circulation – and he doesn’t regret appointing him despite the fact his successor was just 26 years old at the time.

“He had stood in for me more than once. I had to go to hospital … and I left him in charge. I realised then that he could run it,” Ingrams says.

“The difficulty with Private Eye is it had two sides to it – it had a funny side and a serious side. And the editor had to be able to have a foot in both camps. The majority of people who worked for Private Eye, they were either in one side or the other. But Ian was quite happy in both roles.

“I’d been looking out for someone for quite a long time and I thought he had it in him to do it. He was obviously a very forceful character – very underestimated partly because he was short and very young.”

Ingrams says that although there was “a lot of tension” surrounding his decision to appoint Hislop – because he didn’t consult anyone (Eye journalists weren’t “big buddies”) – people soon “fell into line” when he was appointed, realising it was a good idea.

 

 

by William Turvile

 

 

Savile’s Scarborough flat sold to child abuse campaigner

Published March 27, 2013 by misty534

JIMMY Savile’s flat in Scarborough has been sold to one of the country’s leading campaigners against child abuse, it emerged today.

Millionaire businessman Sir Rodney Walker was a leading supporter of the NSPCC’s Full Stop campaign chaired by the Duke of York. He personally raised £25 million for the drive to stamp out child cruelty.

He now plans to renovate Savile’s second home in Wessex Court, overlooking the South Bay. Savile originally bought it as a gift to his mother Agnes, keeping it as a shrine to her following her death.

 

Sir Rodney, 69, said he had “no second thoughts” about clinching the deal for the three-bedroom property after the scandal into Savile’s child sex abuse broke.

He said: “I think like everyone else in the country I was totally taken aback. I had never heard any rumours or any suggestion he was not the generous philanthropist we all thought he was.”

The flat went on the market last summer.

 Sir Rodney, a former World Snooker and Leicester City chairman originally from Wakefield, already owns a flat on the floor below Savile’s.

A gold Savile memorial plaque installed on the wall by Scarborough Civic Society was removed after being vandalised. Signs to a footpath opposite the building renamed Savile’s View in his honour were also taken down out of respect to victims of the former DJ.

 

 

Eleven men are arrested by Savile inquiry detectives… but just THREE will be charged in £1million operation criticised by some as ‘a celebrity witch-hunt’

Published March 27, 2013 by misty534

  • Police believe there will be insufficient evidence to charge most of the suspects
  • Former BBC producer William De’Ath was released without charge 
  • Speculation mounting that comedian Freddie Starr will not be charged

 

Only three of the 11 men arrested over suspected sex offences in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal are likely to be charged, it emerged last night.

Detectives believe there will be insufficient evidence to prosecute the majority of the suspects  quizzed under Operation Yewtree.

Former BBC producer Wilfred De’Ath, 75, who was arrested over an alleged sex assault in 1965, was released  without charge on Monday evening.

And speculation was mounting last night that Freddie Starr would soon be told that he, too, will not be charged over claims he attempted to grope a 14-year-old in Savile’s BBC changing room in 1974.

The police operation – which is thought to have cost £1million and has 30 dedicated detectives – has already been criticised by some as a ‘celebrity witch-hunt’.

Earlier this month, one of Britain’s top prosecution lawyers was accused of hyping up the investigation as if it were a ‘box office event’ when he told the public to expect a dramatic new wave of celebrity arrests.

If, as seems likely, only a handful of men are charged, there are sure to be uncomfortable questions for the police over the handling of the probe.

Yard chiefs insist all arrests by detectives on Yewtree have been ‘necessary and proportionate’. But Mr De’Ath, who spent four months on bail before being cleared, accused officers of being ‘over-zealous’.

He said the police had failed ‘lamentably’ to stop Savile’s reign of terror while he was still alive – so were now going ‘too far the other way’ in pursuing ‘spurious’ claims against others.

‘My general comment would be that Operation Yewtree has gone too far,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘It is getting silly now.’

Other celebrities arrested by the Yewtree squad include the comedian Jim Davidson, PR guru Max Clifford and disgraced pop star Gary Glitter, all of whom deny any wrongdoing.

Another celebrity – a man in his 80s who has not been named publicly – was interviewed under caution over sex allegations in November.

Davidson, 59, was detained over historic sex allegations – not involving children – shortly before he was due to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in January and rearrested last week over new allegations dating back to 1978.

His second arrest came a week after DJ Dave Lee Travis, 67, was rearrested over sex allegations involving adults. He too denies wrongdoing.

At his £1million home in Stockbridge, Hampshire, Mr Davidson said yesterday: ‘The pendulum has now swung right to the other end; from doing nothing with Savile to this.’ 

He added: ‘The allegations against me are to do with adults and go back over 35 years, one is from 1978. And the only thing I remember from back then is Abba!

‘It costs nothing to tell the truth and all I can do is tell the truth. It costs to tell lies. If an allegation is made, the police have to look into it whatever  the cost.

‘I just hope they look into my evidence with as much vigour and skill and I trust that they will.’

Freddie Starr, 70, who was arrested in November, weeks after the Savile scandal erupted, has also complained about his treatment.

He was taken into custody near his home in Warwickshire and questioned over claims he tried to grope a woman called Karin Ward when she was 14.

Ward, who waived her right to anonymity, claimed Starr had had a ‘very bad attack of wondering hands’ with her nearly 40 years ago. He vehemently denied her claims.

It prompted Starr to seek an injunction to prevent the claims being aired, but his High Court application was rejected.

He initially denied ever meeting his accuser, or appearing with her on Savile’s 1974 BBC show Clunk Click, but footage later emerged of him and Miss Ward in the same shot.

The comedian claims he has lost £1million in earnings from cancelled shows. After police raided his home and seized a computer hard-drive, address books, photographs and his iPhone, Starr said: ‘It’s horrible. I’m being made to feel like a criminal.

‘I’ve never ever been in trouble before and I haven’t got a police record.

‘It’s heartbreaking and it’s affecting my health and everything. It’s unbelievable. I’m absolutely drained.’

A friend of Miss Ward told the Mail she had not expected Starr to be arrested, let alone charged, over the alleged incident.

The friend said: ‘Karin has always known there was a chance Starr would not be charged because it would probably come down to her word against his.

‘If she was the only witness, then a prosecution was always less likely to  go ahead.’

Earlier this month, Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor in the North West, said detectives will soon arrest a number of ‘very high profile’ figures suspected of child sex abuse.

He described child-sex abuse investigations as a ‘growing industry’.

Critics said Mr Afzal should not hype up any impending arrests like a ‘box office event’.

A number of defence lawyers believe there should now be a new debate over whether those suspected of sex offences, particularly those allegedly involving children, should be named before they are convicted.

 

 

By Stephen Wright, Inderdeep Bains & Sam Greenhill