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Jimmy Saville accused of Worthing sex assault
2:50pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
A woman reported she was indecently assaulted by Jimmy Saville in Worthing in 1970, it emerged today.
Sussex Police confirmed this afternoon that the woman reported the assault in 2008, but the matter was not taken any further as she did not want to co-operate with any inquiry or prosecution.
A police statement said: "In March 2008 a 59-year old woman reported to Sussex Police that she had been indecently assaulted by a man at a location in Worthing on a date sometime between May 1970 and September 1970.
"Initial inquiries were made but the woman made it clear at the outset that she was unwilling to co-operate in any investigation or to support any prosecution, and it was therefore not possible to pursue the matter.
"We take all such reports seriously, however long ago the period they relate to, but in this case it was not possible to progress any investigation."
This is the latest of a string of allegations of rape and child abuse against the late television personality which have emerged as a result of an ITV documentary due to be aired tonight.
The BBC has said it will assist police with child abuse allegations involving Sir Jimmy Savile, who died last year two days before his 85th birthday.
It comes as an historic rape allegation made against the entertainer was referred to Scotland Yard by officers in Surrey, and revelations that other allegations against Savile were dropped because of a lack of evidence.
A spokesman for the BBC said: "A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.
"Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC - or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC.
"We have today asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue."a
The investigations unit is a division of the BBC responsible for security and safety matters within the corporation.
A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said a woman reported an historic allegation of rape on Monday.
It was also revealed yesterday that Jersey and Surrey police both investigated accusations made against the entertainer about alleged abuse in two children's homes, but decided there was not enough evidence to proceed.
A spokeswoman for Jersey police said: "During the course of the States of Jersey Police's historic abuse investigation, a verbal allegation of indecent assault said to have occurred during the 1970s at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne was received.
"The allegation was investigated but there was insufficient evidence to proceed."
In 2007, Surrey Police received an allegation of indecent assault that was alleged to have taken place at a children's home in Staines during the 1970s.
The force said that the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision but they advised there was insufficient evidence to take any further action.
Newsnight editor Peter Rippon said the current affairs show dropped a story about the allegations against Savile because it "had not established any institutional failure" on behalf of the police or Crown Prosecution Service and not because of pressure from within the corporation.
Lord Michael Grade has told Channel 4 News that he heard rumours about Savile's alleged conduct while he was controller of BBC 1 but never anything that gave him cause to report.
"It wouldn't like anyone to get the idea that in the seventies the people in authority in broadcasting were in any way permissive, or turned a blind eye."
Lord Grade said rumours of a BBC cover-up over Savile were "ludicrous".
Meanwhile, a woman has come forward alleging that Savile forced her and a friend to perform sex acts on him while she was on holiday in Jersey, aged 14.
Dee Coles told ITV News that after it happened she was told not to tell anyone.
Ms Cole said she came forward some 40 years after the incident in the hope that other abused women are believed when they come forward.