Savile researcher at abuse conference in Belfast

Jimmy Savile The conference will allow experts to share understanding of child sex abuse

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The man who unmasked Jimmy Savile as one of the UK's worst paedophiles will be among the speakers at a conference on child abuse being held in Belfast.

Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas is a child protection expert, criminologist, and TV presenter.

Mr Thomas researched and presented the ITV documentary that exposed Savile's history of sexual abuse.

The conference will allow experts to share their professional understanding of the problem of child sex abuse.

Also speaking will be Peter Spindler, the former lead officer on Operation Yewtree, the police investigation sparked by the Savile revelations.

Speakers will address issues such as the motivations, influences and deterrents to offending. Other talks will look at how paedophiles infiltrate schools, charities and sporting bodies to gain opportunity and access to children.

Also attending will be CEOP's (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) former principal forensic physiologist Dr Joe Sullivan and former chief executive of CEOP Jim Gamble.

Dr Sullivan has worked as an adviser on major police inquiries including the Madeline McCann and April Jones investigations.

Mr Gamble is an expert in child protection, and works as an adviser and commentator to many media outlets.

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