Abuse Claims: Savile Had Keys To Broadmoor

More allegations of sexual abuse have been made against Jimmy Savile amid claims he preyed on children at hospitals.

Several police forces have received complaints from members of the public - and it has emerged the late TV presenter had keys to high-security hospital Broadmoor, where he worked as a volunteer, and would have been able to access patients' rooms.

One woman said she had been assaulted by him at the age of 13 while being treated for spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1971.

Caroline Moore, now 53, told Sky News Savile had quietly approached her while she was sitting in a wheelchair in a corridor at the hospital in Buckinghamshire.

"He came over and didn't speak to me, he just bent down and rammed his tongue down my throat," she said.

"After he'd done it he just got up and walked away. It was all very matter-of-fact.

"I was horrified. I didn't really know what had happened to me but it's stayed with me all these years."

She said she had been too frightened to report it to hospital staff at the time - and that he was seen as a "powerful character" who was not challenged about his behaviour.

Ms Moore said she had also seen him groping a bed-bound woman at the hospital.

"I want him to be seen for what he is, not for what he tried to portray," Ms Moore said.

Savile was a high-profile volunteer at Stoke Mandeville, where nurses are said to have dreaded his visits because of his behaviour and would tell children to stay in bed and pretend they were asleep when he was around.

He also volunteered at Broadmoor, in Crowthorne, Berkshire, from the 1960s.

One victim said the Jim'll Fix It star shoved his hand up her nightdress after walking in on a group of girls watching TV at Broadmoor.

Alison Pink, who has since had a sex change, told The Sun: "I felt absolutely disgusting afterwards - like I had been used as a piece of meat for his sexual gratification."

West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which now runs Broadmoor, said the allegations related to a time when it was run as a separate organisation and that its security arrangements have changed significantly in the last decade.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Stoke Mandeville, said: "We are shocked to hear of the serious allegations about Jimmy Savile.

"We are unaware of any record or reports of inappropriate behaviour of this nature during Jimmy's work with the trust."

North Yorkshire Police said it had forwarded a claim of abuse from the 1980s in Scarborough to the Metropolitan Police, while Tayside Police reported another claim about an historical incident in Liverpool.

Lancashire Police said it had received two allegations. One concerned a girl then aged 14 in the 1960s in West Yorkshire. The other was about a 15-year-old girl in the 1980s in Bedfordshire.

Allegations have also been made about abuse at Leeds General Infirmary in the 1970s.

June Thornton, a patient at the hospital in 1972, has said she saw Savile abuse someone she thought was a brain-damaged girl.

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We are shocked at the nature and extent of the very serious allegations made against Jimmy Savile which were revealed by the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday.

"At this stage we are not aware to what degree their investigation relates to incidents in Leeds."

Scotland Yard have said the allegations spanning 40 years point to the former DJ, who died last year aged 84, as a "predatory sex offender". They have formally recorded a number of criminal allegations including rape and indecent assault.

A radio interview recorded in 2007 emerged this week in which Savile vehemently denied suggestions of abuse.