Could Former Staines School Hide Secrets of Jimmy Savile Abuse?
By StaineSiobhan | Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:45
A former approved school for girls that used to be based in Moor Lane, Staines has come into the spotlight today following allegations that the former BBC presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile could have abused girls that he'd befriended there.
Reports are emerging today that Savile who died in October last year aged 84, and who was a frequent visitor to the school, had accusations made against him by several women and former pupils of the school that he had sexually abused them in his dressing room at BBC Television Centre.
Reported in the Telegraph today, it has been claimed that the BBC's Newsnight team were investigating reports of abuse, but they were subsequently never broadcast.
It has emerged that in 2007 Surrey Police were investigating a complaint from a woman claiming she was indecently assaulted by Savile at the Duncroft school some time in the 1970s. She was 14 or 15 at the time. Despite the investigation, no further action was taken.
Several other women who had been pupils at the school in the 1970s were apparently also prepared to say that they too had been abused by Savile. He often visited the school and would give the girls cigarettes or records, or take them to sit in the audience at his Clunk Click TV show. In return for this he would expect 'sexual favours'.
The Duncroft Approved School was based in an old manor house down Moor Lane. It was originally under Home Office control as a school 'for intelligent, emotionally disturbed' girls, until it came under local authority control
in the 1970s as a 'Community Home School', and finally the children's home charity Barnardo's took it over.
More reports to follow as information becomes available.