Commander Peter Spindler, who is leading the investigation, has praised the courage of the 300 people who have so far come forward to make allegations of sexual assault against Jimmy Savile. He said allegations of serious sexual assaults had also been made against other celebrities.
According to the Daily Mirror
, Commander Spindler announced that his team of thirty officers have an "arrest strategy" and intend to quiz a number of "household names" over the next few days. The Daily Mail
quotes the commander as saying:
There is Savile but there are also others and if those others are living we can now look at them.
Commander Spindler described his team's work as a "watershed" moment in the history of child protection investigation. He praised the media for exposing Jimmy Savile, who he characterised as one of the "most prolific sex offenders" of recent history. Speaking of the alleged victims, he said:
We have to believe what they are saying because they are all saying the same thing independently.
According to BBC News
, Commander Spindler's team have so far only spoken to 130 of the 300 complainants.
On BBC Radio Four's the World at One
, Peter Saunders, the Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, described how his charity has been overwhelmed with calls since the broadcast of the ITV Exposure
Documentary, which aired allegations of child sexual assault by Jimmy Savile. Mr Saunders said the programme had provided a "trigger" that enabled survivors to come forward.