Jimmy Savile "was always with young women", says former Dorset deputy chief constable

Bournemouth Echo: Jimmy Savile on Bournemouth beach in 1987 Jimmy Savile on Bournemouth beach in 1987

DISGRACED Jimmy Savile was “always surrounded” by young women, even in the early days of his career.

Those are the words of a former top policeman, now living in Dorset, who knew the DJ and TV presenter during his time as manager at the Mecca Locarno club in Leeds in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Ken Brown, who lives in Westbourne, was a CID officer in Leeds at the time – he later became deputy chief constable of Dorset before finishing his career as acting chief commissioner of Hong Kong.

He said he did not believe the women were under-age but told the Daily Echo: “Obviously youngsters gravitated to a disco called the Mecca Locarno there and Jimmy was the guy who spun the discs.

“He was personable, but he was always rather full of bravado in so far as you never really knew him. I said to him on one occasion why did he always have young women with him?

“All of that meant nothing then but now of course it begins to make sense. He was always surrounded by young women.”

It comes after claims at the weekend that Savile tried to cover up alleged sex attacks while he was manager of the Locarno.

There have been reports that former doorman Dennis Lemmon said he was told that Savile paid off families to escape criminal charges.

Mr Brown, who now teaches law to trainee journalists in Bournemouth, added: “My acquaintance was on a professional basis, but I had no knowledge (of any abuse) at all; however, he was always surrounded by young people.

“He came across as a complex person.

“It never crossed my mind – he was in a club where young people went. I also saw him with young people in his car.”

Savile has several links to Bournemouth.

Last week, the Daily Echo reported how the Norwegian Wood cafe, which he once owned, was removing his name from its menus.

Savile worked at nightclubs nearby and occasionally visited the cafe. It is believed he owned the block which houses it when it was a nightclub complex in the 1960s and 1970s. He bought a flat on the East Cliff in the early 1970s. It was sold last year when he died.

Scotland Yard is now investigating 340 lines of inquiry in the Savile abuse case.

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10:37am Tue 16 Oct 12

_mooch_ says...

celebrity surrounded by young women, now there's a scoop........ Love the picture !, it has tickled me
celebrity surrounded by young women, now there's a scoop........ Love the picture !, it has tickled me _mooch_
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10:57am Tue 16 Oct 12

John T says...

A scoop a little creamier than our local celebrity, Richard Carr, who was regularly surrounded by young men and women, but about whom the Echo does not allow us to comment.
If consulted (sic), I would advise a big 'V' sign for Victory and Vice!
I wonder how the photographer managed to stop Jimmy Savile from having his arms folded in the photo. Just think of the service he could have provided to British youth if he could have fixed it for Jimmy to have had his arms permanently folded!
A scoop a little creamier than our local celebrity, Richard Carr, who was regularly surrounded by young men and women, but about whom the Echo does not allow us to comment. If consulted (sic), I would advise a big 'V' sign for Victory and Vice! I wonder how the photographer managed to stop Jimmy Savile from having his arms folded in the photo. Just think of the service he could have provided to British youth if he could have fixed it for Jimmy to have had his arms permanently folded! John T
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11:20am Tue 16 Oct 12

_mooch_ says...

John T wrote:
A scoop a little creamier than our local celebrity, Richard Carr, who was regularly surrounded by young men and women, but about whom the Echo does not allow us to comment.
If consulted (sic), I would advise a big 'V' sign for Victory and Vice!
I wonder how the photographer managed to stop Jimmy Savile from having his arms folded in the photo. Just think of the service he could have provided to British youth if he could have fixed it for Jimmy to have had his arms permanently folded!
Richard who ?
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: A scoop a little creamier than our local celebrity, Richard Carr, who was regularly surrounded by young men and women, but about whom the Echo does not allow us to comment. If consulted (sic), I would advise a big 'V' sign for Victory and Vice! I wonder how the photographer managed to stop Jimmy Savile from having his arms folded in the photo. Just think of the service he could have provided to British youth if he could have fixed it for Jimmy to have had his arms permanently folded![/p][/quote]Richard who ? _mooch_
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12:33pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

How ironic is that photo?
How ironic is that photo? Letcommonsenseprevail
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12:55pm Tue 16 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used.
A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used. pete woodley
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1:06pm Tue 16 Oct 12

_mooch_ says...

pete woodley wrote:
A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used.
Did he also have a thing for taxi drivers?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used.[/p][/quote]Did he also have a thing for taxi drivers? _mooch_
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1:14pm Tue 16 Oct 12

stevobath says...

I worked for a lady in the early 90s.She knew Savile.She was from Leeds & frequented his disco in the late 50s early 60s.He gave her a job but she left as he persisted in touching her up.She was 15 when she left.She mentioned his shady bussiness practices & his 'heavies' that he employed.
She hated the guy & would get very angry when she seen him on TV.She said that he loved young girls.This was 20 years ago & I totally believe her.She had no reason to make these claims for no reason.
I worked for a lady in the early 90s.She knew Savile.She was from Leeds & frequented his disco in the late 50s early 60s.He gave her a job but she left as he persisted in touching her up.She was 15 when she left.She mentioned his shady bussiness practices & his 'heavies' that he employed. She hated the guy & would get very angry when she seen him on TV.She said that he loved young girls.This was 20 years ago & I totally believe her.She had no reason to make these claims for no reason. stevobath
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2:27pm Tue 16 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Another copper who "saw" nothing.
Another copper who "saw" nothing. pete woodley
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2:31pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Imaximus says...

sooo...what is the point of this story.......accordin
g to your report he went to disco with girls that were not under age........slow news day???? However great photo....and i blame the imax.
sooo...what is the point of this story.......accordin g to your report he went to disco with girls that were not under age........slow news day???? However great photo....and i blame the imax. Imaximus
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3:44pm Tue 16 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

_mooch_ wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used.
Did he also have a thing for taxi drivers?
funny.
[quote][p][bold]_mooch_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: A lot of bournemouth people know more including taxi drivers that he used.[/p][/quote]Did he also have a thing for taxi drivers?[/p][/quote]funny. scrumpyjack
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5:47pm Tue 16 Oct 12

BournemouthMum says...

The Echo is scraping the bottom of the barrell for "news" again I see. Yawn...
The Echo is scraping the bottom of the barrell for "news" again I see. Yawn... BournemouthMum
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