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posted: 10/13/2012 6:00 AM

Savile's headstone removed from cemetery

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  • A general view showing flowers left on the grave of British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family.

      A general view showing flowers left on the grave of British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family.
    Associated Press

  • . For decades, Jimmy Savile was a fixture on British television -- an eccentric, aggressively jocular host of children's shows and a tireless charity fundraiser. A year after he died, aged 84 and honored as Sir Jimmy, several women have come forward to claim he was also a sexual predator and serial abuser of underage girls.

      . For decades, Jimmy Savile was a fixture on British television -- an eccentric, aggressively jocular host of children's shows and a tireless charity fundraiser. A year after he died, aged 84 and honored as Sir Jimmy, several women have come forward to claim he was also a sexual predator and serial abuser of underage girls.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LONDON -- The headstone at the grave of a British children's television host has been removed after police said Jimmy Savile may have sexually assaulted more than 20 girls over a 40-year period.

Funeral director Robert Morphit said this week that Savile's family had asked him to remove the stone to "protect the dignity and sanctity" of the cemetery in Scarborough in northeastern England. He said the stone was removed in three pieces and will be sent to a landfill.

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Savile, who died last year aged 84, was one of Britain's best-known TV personalities.

The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday it had received eight criminal allegations against Savile, including two of rape and six of indecent assault, primarily against girls aged 13 to 16. The force believes there were up to 25 victims.

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