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Extent of Jimmy Savile's hospital abuse in West Yorkshire revealed

Jimmy Savile
Image caption Hundreds of allegations of abuse emerged following Savile's death in 2011

Twenty-nine of Jimmy Savile's victims in West Yorkshire were abused in the county's hospitals, figures show.

The new information follows last week's publication of a West Yorkshire Police report into its dealings with the former BBC entertainer.

The main location for Savile's offences was Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) with complaints from 23 victims, who were aged between five and 34 at the time.

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust declined to comment.

Hundreds of allegations of abuse emerged across the UK following the disgraced presenter's death in October 2011.

The report published on Friday revealed West Yorkshire Police was investigating a total of 76 crimes involving 68 victims. The force has since given a further breakdown of the figures.

Passage of time

Two victims, aged five and 12 at the time, were receiving treatment at St James's Hospital, Leeds.

One victim, aged 15, was at Dewsbury and District Hospital, and two, aged five and 45, were at the now closed High Royds Hospital in Menston.

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, which runs St James's and LGI, said: "A thorough independent investigation into Jimmy Savile's association with hospitals in Leeds is currently under way and is expected to report later this year.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further while that work is still going on."

None of the cases had been reported before Savile's death, according to the force.

The police report released on 10 May found "no evidence" Savile was protected from arrest or prosecution by his relationship with the force.

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