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Sex predator Jimmy Savile abused patient at St Catherine's Hospital
A WIRRAL patient was among DJ Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse victims, it has been revealed.
A new report published by the Metropolitan Police has named St Catherine’s Hospital in Birkenhead as being among the organisations where Savile carried out his abuse.
The document, which is part of Operation Yewtree, highlights 10 NHS organisations where victims were abused and a list of offences for each.
The report published today says Savile was "a prolific, predatory sex offender" who could have been prosecuted for offences against at least three victims while he was alive.
NHS Wirral have today expressed their “shock” at the allegation and are working with police.
Wirral Community NHS Trust, which now runs services at the new St Catherine’s Medical Centre on the site of the former St Catherine’s Hospital, said: “We are shocked to hear of the allegation about Jimmy Savile which has been revealed by the Metropolitan Police.
“The alleged offence took place many years ago when the former hospital was run by a separate organisation and we were unaware of his involvement.
“We will fully co-operate with the police investigation and have started our own internal investigation which we will share with the Department of Health.”
It is understood the offence took place in 1964.
The disgraced TV presenter used his celebrity status to "hide in plain sight", with 214 criminal offences now recorded against him across 28 police forces, a report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC found.
It also revealed that Savile abused his victims at 14 medical sites including hospitals, mental health units and even a hospice.
Alison Levitt QC, legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), said Savile could have been prosecuted in 2009 had police taken victims more seriously.
DPP Keir Starmer said: "I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for the shortcomings in the part played by the CPS in these cases. If this report and my apology are to serve their full purpose, then this must be seen as a watershed moment."
A total of 450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse against Savile since October, and within the recorded crimes there are 34 rapes and 126 indecent acts, the police and NSPCC report said. Of his victims, 73% were children, with the total victim age range between eight and 47 at the time of the offences.
Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the national investigation into Savile's abuse, said: "Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic.
"He cannot face justice today, but we hope this report gives some comfort to his hundreds of victims. They have been listened to and taken seriously."
Mr Spindler said so far 617 people had made contact with officers investigating claims against Savile and other figures in the entertainment industry, with 450 directly relating to Savile.
The police report found that the earliest reported offence committed by Savile was in Manchester in 1955, and the final reported allegation was in 2009.
The offences cover the period when Savile worked at the BBC between 1965 and 2006 and include allegations linked to the final recording of Top of the Pops.
They also involve the period when he worked at Leeds General Infirmary between 1965 and 1995. Abuse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital took place between 1965 and 1988, while at Duncroft School, a children's home, the allegations cover a period between 1970 and 1978. The peak was between 1966 and 1976, when he was aged between 40 and 50.
Peter Watt of the NSPCC said Savile was "without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across".