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Jimmy Savile Mannequin Placed On Plinth That Held Edward Colston Statue In Bristol

Jimmy Savile Mannequin Placed On Plinth That Held Edward Colston Statue In Bristol

A mannequin made to look like paedophile Jimmy Savile was placed on the plinth that previously held slave owner Edward Colston until it was pulled down by protesters.

The plinth, in Bristol, has stood empty since the bronze statue of Colston was torn down by Black Lives Matter protesters on 7 June. It was then rolled into the harbour.

However, yesterday a mannequin dressed in the same garish style as the dead sexual predator with a blonde wig and a t-shirt that read: "If Carlsberg did rapists."

A Jimmy Savile mannequin has been placed on the plinth which held the Edward Colston statue. Credit: Bristol Live
A Jimmy Savile mannequin has been placed on the plinth which held the Edward Colston statue. Credit: Bristol Live
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Underneath the figure was a sign reading: "None of them stopped me, and your licence paid for it. The BBC turning a blind eye since 1922."

The mannequin was on the plinth for around an hour before it was removed, the Bristol Post reports.

The former Top of the Pops presenter, who was given an OBE for his charitable work, was never held accountable for any of his crimes.

More than 400 people made complaints against Jimmy Savile over six decades. Credit: PA
More than 400 people made complaints against Jimmy Savile over six decades. Credit: PA
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Savile died in 2011. A year later an ITV investigation looked into the claims made by his victims, prompting Scotland Yard to launch a criminal investigation.

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There were allegations of cover ups by various institutions including the NHS, the BBC and the Department of Health.

By 2014 a joint report from the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC said that 450 people had made complaints against Savile, spanning a period of six decades.

A total of 214 criminal offences were recorded against him.

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The statue of slave owner Edward Colston was thrown into the harbour by protesters. Credit: PA
The statue of slave owner Edward Colston was thrown into the harbour by protesters. Credit: PA

The bronze statue of Colston was pulled from the water earlier this month and the council is now getting it ready to go on display in a museum.

Police have since arrested one person for criminal damage and are still looking for other suspects.

Since it was pulled down there's been several suggestions about what should replace it, with several members of the public even launching online petitions to try and garner support for their favourite.

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According to the Bristol Post, one of the more popular suggestions has been for activist and civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson OBE.

Stephenson led a boycott of a Bristol bus company over its refusal to hire black or Asian drivers or conductors for its buses - thousands supported the boycott and, after 60-days, the company decided to revise its policy.

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]