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Hollies Children's Home residents asked to call Savile helpline with claims of abuse

PUBLISHED: 16:44 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 25 April 2014

Former Hollies Children's Home residents are being asked to come forward and speak out as part of the investigation into Jimmy Savile.

Southwark Council, which ran the home in Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, from 1965 until 1989, has set up a helpline for the public to call.

The move comes after Education Secretary Michael Gove asked a number of local authorities across England to investigate claims against Savile dating back to the 1960s.

Paul Krawczynski, 66, lived at the home for 13 years as a child until 1965.

Speaking to the Times, he said he was “quite shocked” by the news announced last month.

Mr Krawczynski, who runs the Hollies Children’s Home reunion group, said: “I knew there was abuse going on but more physical than sexual.

“If you talked out about this sort of thing, there were threats made against you.

“Girls would tell me that they were warned if they ever spoke out about this sort of thing, they would be locked up in a remand centre.”

Mr Krawczynski also added: “The majority of the staff were very good and the conditions that we lived in were to be admired.”

The Southwark Council helpline number is 0808 800 500. Former residents can also e-mail help@nspcc.org.uk.

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