1. ‘Unprecedented’

    Criminal Investigation Into Savile

    This picture taken on October 10, 2012 shows the grave of late TV personality Jimmy Saville in Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough, north-east England, after the headstone was removed in the wake of a series of sex abuse allegations.    The gravestone of Jimmy Savile, one of Britain's biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, was removed and will be sent to a landfill site as police probe a string of sex abuse allegations. Savile's family said it asked for the stone to be taken from the cemetery "out of respect to public opinion" after police confirmed that he could have abused up to 25 girls, mainly aged 13 to 16. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Scotland Yard announced on Friday that it had begun a formal criminal investigation of the late BBC presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile after an assessment of sex-abuse accusations dubbed Operation Yewtree yielded over 400 leads. The Metropolitan Police say that this is "alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale." The investigation is now focusing on over 200 individuals who have come forward alleging that they were sexually abused by Savile or one of a few other individuals associated with the scandal.

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