“Everything about that place seemed very odd to me”, Meirion Jones – Producer BBC Newsnight
Savile’s charity fundraising, is said to have raised more than 40 million pounds, gave him special access to many institutions, and to vulnerable children.
Dan Davies, Savile biographer: I think his choice of victims is very interesting isn’t it? Who is gonna take the word of a girl who has been in trouble with the law, who has found herself in an Approved School, over somebody who, you know…has just been…a few years earlier has been made an OBE because of his relentless charity work, who is one of the biggest TV stars in the country and is moving his way into the center of the establishment by this point.
But what on earth were ‘celebrities’ [a noted plural] and ‘minor members of the Royal family’ doing in paying visits to an approved school for girls and to this particular approved school for girls?
Anyone remotely familiar with the awful story of Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast will see disturbing parallels in this glimpse of Duncroft. Kincora Boys’ Home was effectively run as a dark treat for a select group of high ranking gay paedophiles in paramilitary, intelligence and government circles – including Whitehall and including the UK’s chief spy of the day, Maurice Oldfield; and used as an instrument of blackmail. Where will this Savile story end and how much did it encompass?
Jimmy Savile at school ‘as freely as he wanted’
A FORMER pupil of a Staines school involved in the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal has questioned how he was apparently given free rein of the establishment.
Savile was said to have carried out sex attacks on children from Duncroft Approved School for Girls during the 1970s.
Jeni Hooker, 54, attended the institution between 1972 and 1975 and was one of a number of pupils to appear on the Clunk Click television show with Savile and convicted child sex offender Gary Glitter. She told the Herald & News exclusively about her memories of Duncroft and has called for a full investigation into how and why Savile was able to visit and take girls away as he pleased.
“I would like to know how Jimmy Savile was able to get away with it for so long. I can remember him taking the girls out [from Duncroft] in his car. He was allowed to drop in as freely as he wanted.”
Jimmy Savile: Newsnight producer is nephew of abuse school headmistress
BBC journalist Meirion Jones is the nephew of Margaret Jones, who was headmistress of a school where Savile is said to have preyed on young girls. Rochelle Shepherd, a former pupil at Duncroft approved school, said on camera that Savile fondled fellow pupils and has reportedly also asserted that Mrs Jones must have known about his behaviour.
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