Cleethorpes woman 'inappropriately touched' by Jimmy Savile calls for full inquiry
A CLEETHORPES woman has called for a thorough and comprehensive investigation into Jimmy Savile after telling the Grimsby Telegraph how she was "inappropriately touched" by the disgraced star.
The woman, who did not wish to be identified, said the investigation into claims of sex abuse by the former TV presenter should examine incidents throughout Savile's long career.
She recalls meeting Savile 21 years ago and her feelings of disgust when he touched her inappropriately.
The woman, now 47, told how she had travelled to Peterborough with her sister to hand over a cheque to Savile for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
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The £500 had been raised by a social group in Cleethorpes, by holding cake stalls and games for young people.
The woman said Savile approached the two sisters and touched her on the knee, poking a finger through two buttons on her dress.
She said: "I reacted at the time. It was not bad enough for me to challenge him or go and tell someone from the BBC, but when I think about it now, maybe I should have done so.
"I knew at the time what he was doing was wrong, but I did not feel the need to do anything about it immediately. If he had put his hand nearer my bottom, I would have said something.
"I acted appropriately and moved away, and we went to have our photograph taken. I just thought he was being a dirty old man."
The woman still has the letter signed by Jimmy Savile, who died a year ago aged 84, thanking the group for the cash, and a certificate.
A photograph of the two sisters presenting the money to the celebrity was taken and she has kept a copy in a photo album.
The woman said: "I don't want to have to look at it ever again.
"I feel bad about it now. Why did no one do anything about his behaviour at the time?
"I feel something should have been done about his behaviour then. There are so many people reporting what he did to them and he has got away with it.
"His name will be blackened forever. For what he has done to children, you feel bad. But then there was all the money he raised. You feel sorry in that way."
Police have begun an investigation and interviewed managers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where Savile raised funds, and other charitable organisations the presenter supported.
The police investigation is expected to span 60 years of the broadcaster's career after scores of complaints were made about his sex abuse behaviour covering several decades.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the allegations against Savile had "wide-ranging implications for a number of public institutions".
She has rejected calls for an outside inquiry and confirmed the BBC was conducting three separate inquiries.
There have also been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood, but the Cabinet Office has revealed that individuals cease to hold the honour after they die.
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