Serial paedophile and former entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused at least 22 pupils and a visitor at a Surrey school during the 1970s, a police report says.
The report, published by Surrey Police, follows an investigation by Surrey Police into offences by Savile at Duncroft Approved School in Staines, under the name Operation Outreach.
The inquiry examined whether staff had been aware of Savile’s actions at the school between 1974 and 1979, and whether criminal offences had been committed.
Written records show that Savile attended Duncroft at least 16 times between 1974 and 1979, with victim and witness accounts implying that he may have visited more frequently. He stayed ovrnight at the school on at least two occasions.
Operation Outreach confirmed that there were at least 46 offences of sexual abuse by Savile against at least 22 pupils and one visitor at Duncroft. Twenty-five of these offences occurred within the grounds of Duncroft, six
occurred within Norman Lodge, and fifteen occurred off-site.
Under the relevant laws of the time, the Sexual Offences Act 1956, each of the 46 offences would be considered contrary to Section 14(1) Indecent assault on a woman. However, under current legislation, Sexual Offences Act 2003, they would be described as one offence of rape, five offences of assault by penetration, two offences of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and 38 offences of sexual assault.