Sir Jimmy Savile Great North Run Hall of Fame honour may be taken away

SIR Jimmy Savile could be stripped of his place in the Great North Run Hall of Fame following child abuse accusations.

Sir Jimmy Savile
Sir Jimmy Savile

SIR Jimmy Savile could be stripped of his place in the Great North Run Hall of Fame following child abuse accusations.

Police are investigating complaints that the BBC presenter, who died a year ago, raped and sexually assaulted girls in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Jim’ll Fix It host, who died aged 84, was inducted into the Great North Run Hall of Fame in 2009 and is described on the Nova website as a “universally popular” figure who “was recognised for the vast contribution he has made, particularly with the highly-popular junior runs”.

But after allegations emerged that he molested young children, the half-marathon’s organisers say the title could be removed.

David Hart, communications director at race organisers Nova International, said: “He was a big supporter of our events and he helped raise huge sums of money for charity. We’re monitoring the situation and will keep an open mind at this early stage.

“In all the time he was associated with us there was never any suggestion of any improper behaviour in or around the events.”

In the documentary Exposed: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, broadcast this week, a string of women claimed they were indecently assaulted by the TV and radio personality when they were schoolgirls in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Two alleged a number of indecent acts took place in the former DJ’s dressing room at the BBC’s Television Centre.

The first woman, who did not wish to reveal her identity, said she was raped by Sir Jimmy at the age of 16.

Two women who attended Duncroft Approved School for Girls, a now-closed children’s home in Surrey, said they were also targeted by Sir Jimmy when he regularly visited the site in the 1970s.

Former Duncroft pupil Karin Ward, another alleged victim who waived her right to anonymity, claimed the star plied girls with gifts and had sex with pupils as young as 14. Coleen Nolan also revealed that Sir Jimmy suggested she join him at a hotel after a TV show when she was just 14.

Northamptonshire Police said two more women had come forward after the programme was aired and it is understood that more victims have since contacted police.

Broadcaster Janet Street-Porter has revealed she was aware of rumours about Sir Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse of underage girls when she worked at the BBC during the late 1980s.

The journalist also said there was a culture of inappropriate behaviour behind the scenes of the “male dominated” entertainment industry, adding that nothing would have been done even if the allegations about Savile were raised.

Potential victims should contact their local police or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

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