Reports that Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted a girl at Bethlem Royal Hospital cannot be ‘substantiated’

PUBLISHED: 16:01 26 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:31 26 February 2015

Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile


Investigations into sexual assault on young girl in Beckenham are found to be ‘inconclusive’

The findings of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse by depraved TV star Jimmy Savile while visiting Beckenham’s Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1980 have been published today (Thursday).

The report by the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust relates to a visit pervert Savile made to the opening of the Interim Medium Secure Unit (on Tyson West 1 ward) on September 18, 1980.

It was claimed a young girl told an unnamed member of staff that Savile had touched her breast as she sat on his lap. At this time the Bethlem Royal was part of the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital.

The allegation came to light in late June last year after the trust, along with other NHS trusts around the country, produced a report into the contact Savile may have had with its patients.

Today’s report states that the outcome of the investigation is ‘inconclusive as it was not possible to substantiate the allegation’.

It continues: “From the in house hospital magazine published in 1980, we can confirm that Savile did come to open a new unit on the Bethlem Royal Hospital site and to our knowledge this appears to be the only time that Savile was at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.”

The report adds: “From our records, this appears to be the only visit or contact that Savile had with the Bethlem Royal Hospital.

“A thorough search of any remaining records and interviews of 12 former members of staff and one current member of staff did not establish the identity of the child. It has been reported that there was only one female child at the Hilda Lewis House unit on the date of the alleged incident and that her admission was not planned.

“From interviews with other witnesses, no one could recall the alleged incident or a female child matching the description at the unit at that time.”

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