Jimmy Savile

English disc jockey Jimmy Savile photographed circa 1973. He is wearing a personalised tracksuit.

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43 individuals from the music industry have been investigated by British police as part of a wider probe into historical child sex abuse allegations.
 
In total, more than 1,400 suspects, including a high number of politicians, sports people and celebrities, have been placed under investigation as part of the Operation Hydrant inquiry, which was set up by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) in August 2014 following a series of high-profile child sex abuse cases, including those of former BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile and British TV personality Rolf Harris.
 
Of the 1,433 suspects, 216 are now dead, while 261 are termed as people of public prominence, with 135 coming from TV, film or radio, the NPCC today (May 20) revealed. A further 76 are classed as local level and national political figures and seven come from sports backgrounds. It is not known what roles the 43 music business personal held or whether they still work in the industry.  
 
Operation Hydrant is headed by Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who called the figures a “stark [indication of] the scale of child abuse police are dealing with.”
 
“Police have done a huge amount to meet the challenge: we have responded to criticism, changed how we engage with victims and how we investigate abuse. Many victims have now found confidence to report abuse, knowing we will treat them sensitively, respectfully, listen to them and take reports of their abuse seriously. I would encourage all victims of sexual abuse to come forward,” Bailey added in a statement.   
 
The NPCC estimates that it will receive upwards of 115,000 separate allegations of child sexual abuse in 2015 -- a 71 per cent increase on 2012’s figure.
 
Referring to the disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile -- who died in 2011 and was posthumously judged by the NSPCC to have abused at least 500 people, the youngest of whom was just two years old -- Bailey said that Operation Hydrant would help prevent serial abusers like Savile.
 
Following the criminal investigation into Savile, which was sparked by a BBC Newsnight documentary, a number of other high profile entertainment and music personalities were investigated by British police and charged with historical child sex abuse offenses.
 
In July 2014, the Australian-born, British-based entertainer and musician Rolf Harris was jailed for a total of five years and nine months for indecently assaulting four girls and young women - including one who was aged just 7 or 8.
 
Last year also saw celebrity publicist Max Clifford, whose former clients include Simon Cowell, jailed for eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women. In December 2014, Ray Teret, a former radio DJ and close friend of Savile, was jailed for 25 years for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s.