Smokescreen of celebrity hid one of UK’s worst sexual predators

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The number of victims who fell prey to Jimmy Savile could double, with current figures “a mere drop in the ocean”, a child protection expert claimed last night.

Mark Williams-Thomas, who presented the original ITV documentary that first exposed Savile as a dangerous sexual predator, said he could have targeted hundreds more victims.

He added: “Savile was never going to be brought to justice because he’s dead, but we’ve given the victims a voice and that’s really important.”