Former BBC boss: 'Never any concerns' over Jimmy Savile
STORIES are emerging about Jimmy Savile's predatory sexual behaviour in South Devon where he had holiday homes for 40 years.
The Jim'll Fix It presenter (pictured) kept a suite of rooms at Torquay's luxury Imperial Hotel. And he had a caravan in Shaldon, which he said was for the use of disabled Stoke Mandeville patients.
Former BBC 1 controller Alan Hart, who now lives in South Devon, has said he will be willing to take part in the official investigation into the TV presenter.
Claims have emerged about how the former DJ sexually assaulted two teenaged Teignmouth girls during a trip to Torquay's 400 club.
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Savile, who died in October, 2011, at the age of 84, allegedly molested under-age girls at the peak of his career.
An ITV documentary exposed Jimmy Savile's behaviour during the 1970s.
Herald Express photo and news files show how Savile was treated as a celebrity on his many visits to South Devon over almost 40 years. During that time he was frequently invited to hospitals, children's homes and schools.
Cuttings also reveal that he liked to go out running at midnight along coastal routes.
Jacqueline Hammond, whose mother Sylvia Pontin has since died, has written a blog which reveals what happened to her mother and a friend during the 1960s in South Devon.
Her mother's friend, who is still alive and living locally, does not want to be named but has confirmed details of the assault.
Jacqueline said: "Jimmy Savile tried it on with my mother. Despite Jimmy Savile being acquainted with our family, my mother couldn't stand him. As a child, I couldn't understand why she didn't share our enthusiasm for 'Jim'll Fix It', particularly, as he had visited her parents at their house in Teignmouth.
"Years later, she told me her reasons. It must have been in the 1960s. After he had visited her parents, my mother would drive Jimmy Savile to his gig in Torquay. While they were in the car, possibly even when she was driving, he would put his hand up her skirt and grope her. She never reported her experience: it wasn't the 'done thing' back then. He got away with it because of his status.
Meanwhile, former BBC 1 controller Alan Hart, who is now chairman of the Friends of South Devon College, has said that during his time running the station in the early 1980s, there were never any concerns brought to his attention about the star.
Mr Hart said: "I heard no rumours about Jimmy Savile. Of course if the BBC wants to talk to me as part of any inquiry I will be happy to be a part of that. As channel controller I was talking each year to hundreds if not thousands of people. I must have met Jimmy Savile at some time, but not properly to talk to."