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Man who exposed Jimmy Savile claims there's another 'untouchable' paedophile he's trying to bring down

Daisy Phillipson

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Man who exposed Jimmy Savile claims there's another 'untouchable' paedophile he's trying to bring down

The man who exposed Jimmy Savile's sickening crimes has revealed there's another 'untouchable' paedophile he's trying to bring down.

Criminologist and former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas is known for uncovering the evil sex abuser in the 2012 ITV documentary The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which exposed Savile as a prolific child sex abuser

Following the documentary and subsequent coverage on the claims, police launched Operation Yewtree, a widespread investigation into the child sex abuse allegations made against the former DJ.

Mark Williams-Thomas exposed Jimmy Savile's evil crimes. Credit: David Cooper/Alamy Stock Photo
Mark Williams-Thomas exposed Jimmy Savile's evil crimes. Credit: David Cooper/Alamy Stock Photo

Though the true scale of the abuse – spanning six decades and involving hundreds of victims – was brought to light, Savile died in 2011 at the age of 84, and he was never brought to justice.

Williams-Thomas, an investigative journalist and sex abuse victim advocate, is now concerned that the same will happen again.

In a conversation with inews, he said: "There are still people out there who are untouchable.

"There is one very significant person who I’ve done everything to try and get prosecuted because he is clearly a child sex offender.

“To date the CPS won’t prosecute. The police and I have tried really hard to get there.

"He will die in due course and then the floodgates will open in the same way they did with Savile. That’s not right. But justice takes many different forms."

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The child protection expert who previously worked as a detective and family liaison officer with Surrey Police added: "The truth is no broadcaster would have done a programme about Savile when he was alive.

"We live in a society where there are some people you can’t take on and that’s really sad."

Earlier this year, Williams-Thomas opened up about Netflix's docu-series Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, expressing concern that it puts victims in a painful position.

Speaking on an April episode of This Morning, Williams-Thomas said: "My slight worry is that it sensationalises it rather than demonise him as an individual. 

"I do worry as far as victims go, it’s one of the things that strongly gets criticised now when the story’s talked about, [is] seeing his face – his picture on the front page."

He continued: "When we started looking at this, the Metropolitan police came to see me three days after the case hit the headlines, and I remember sitting with [an officer] in ITV Towers, and he said to me, ‘I reckon there’s probably 30 victims’, and I said ‘more like 500’.

"Of course, that’s what it turned out to be. But for those victims to see his face consistently over and over again, that is very traumatic for them. 

"And what we mustn’t forget, of course, is that it’s great to tell a story, but what we mustn't forget is the victims – who have been through so much torment – to be in this position."

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, 8am–10pm Monday to Friday, 9am–6pm weekends. If you are a child seeking advice and support, call Childline for free on 0800 1111

Featured Image Credit: ITV/pierre da/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Crime, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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