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Police Start Child-Abuse Investigation Over London Guest House

January 17, 2013

London police are investigating possible child-abuse offenses dating back to the early 1980s at a guest house in south-west London as the abuse scandal that started with allegations about the late Jimmy Savile continues to spread.

The probe of the Elm Guest House, which isn’t linked to the Savile allegations, began with information passed to the police by Labour politician Tom Watson, the Metropolitan Police Service said in an e-mailed statement today. The investigation isn’t connected with current residents of the address, police said.

The focus on so-called historic abuse allegations began in October when reports said Savile, a former television star at the British Broadcasting Corp., molested woman and children during his career. At least 10 people in the entertainment industry have been arrested in the Operation Yewtree probe that was created following the Savile scandal.

Watson, a member of parliament, didn’t immediately return a call to his office seeking comment.

A police report last week said Savile, who died in 2011 at the age of 84, committed more than 200 criminal sexual-abuse offenses at the BBC, in schools and in more than a dozen hospitals, mental homes and a hospice.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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