Savile abuse claim made in Portsmouth

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CLAIMS are being investigated that Jimmy Savile abused youngsters in Portsmouth.

Alan Collins, of Pannone solicitors, specialises in sexual abuse cases and is taking evidence from 12 men and women who claim to have been abused by the presenter.

He says he is examining multiple claims that the presenter abused children at the pleasure gardens on Portsmouth’s seafront, at the Haut de La Garenne children’s home in Jersey, and at a special needs school thought to be in south-east England.

He added: ‘The claims appear credible. They are standalone allegations and stretch back to the early 1970s.’

Mr Collins said: ‘He was different from a normal abuser, someone who abuses in one place, or accesses children in one place. Because of who he was, he was able to go from place to place.’

Mr Collins said the civil cases he was preparing for damages would draw on testimony from alleged victims and potentially from Savile’s former colleagues at the BBC.

He said they would reference Savile’s own boasts about his sex life.

Scotland Yard has launched a formal criminal investigation into the alleged sexual abuse by Savile and others.