Newspaper review: Allegations focus on Leonard Rossiter


A new name has been added to the list of former TV personalities accused of sexual offences against young people.

The Sun claims the actor Leonard Rossiter, who died in 1984, watched an 18-year-old extra in a BBC play being sexually assaulted in a rehearsal room.

The BBC has promised to help the police in any investigation.

The presenter, Jonathan Dimbleby, has used an interview in The Times to defend the BBC in the light of the Savile inquiries.

He describes the attacks on the BBC as "very distressing" and criticises MPs and other media outlets for the "disturbing relish" they have shown.

He says the focus should be on Jimmy Savile's crimes rather than becoming a "witch hunt against the BBC".

The headmistress of a Surrey school where Savile molested teenage girls has told the Daily Mail she was never told about any abuse.

Margaret Jones told the paper that she would have thrown Savile "out on his ear" if she had known.

She said he gave cigarettes and money to the girls - and they would have killed the "goose that laid the golden egg" by reporting him to her.

The Independent says a report on the conduct of a senior police officer during the "phone-hacking scandal will not be made public until 2014".

The Deputy Chief Constable of Surrey is being investigated by the IPCC.

Craig Denholm, who led the search for Millie Dowler, is being investigated by the IPCC about claims he knew her voicemail had been hacked, but failed to take any action.

The Independent says the report may not be published before 2014 "to avoid prejudicing criminal trials".

The paper says Mr Denholm may retire before the findings are published.

An image of the flooded streets of Port-au-Prince is on the front of The Guardian.

The paper warns that Hurricane Sandy has created "a new disaster" in Haiti.

It reports that thousands of people have lost the temporary shelters they were forced to live in after the earthquake in 2010.

Flooding is said to have destroyed more than 70% of the crops in the south of the country, exacerbating severe food shortages.

In New York and New Jersey, says the Financial Times, it is a shortage of fuel that is the major concern.

The paper says motorists are panic-buying and police have been deployed.

The Daily Express says EU officials want the government to charge VAT on new homes, as part of proposals to standardise tax rates across Europe.

It says it would add £48,000 to the cost of an average new house, pricing many people out of the market and make it more difficult to get a mortgage.

Airline travellers might have to follow Bertie Wooster's lead and take Jeeves on holiday to avoid more baggage costs.

The Daily Telegraph says a price comparison website has found that it would be cheaper for passengers using budget carriers to pay for an extra seat for a butler than to check in a second suitcase.

For maximum savings they could use the hired help's hand luggage too, it says.

Ryanair, one of the airlines which is criticised in the article, responds by telling the Telegraph: "To keep fares low we encourage bums on seats and discourage packing the kitchen sink".

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