‘I own Stoke Mandeville Hospital’: Savile’s boast during police interview over sex abuse claims

Jimmy Savile pictured at Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Jimmy Savile pictured at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

A transcript of police interviews with paedophile Jimmy Savile which took place in his office at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has been released.

Last year Savile, who died in 2011, was described as Britain’s most prolific paedophile by police following revelations first made in an ITV documenatary and has been anger over how officers dealt with accusations made about the DJ while he was still alive.

During the interviews, which were conducted by officers from Surrey Police in 2009, Savile was questioned over allegations of sexual offences against young women.

These included an incident at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Savile, who raised millions for the Spinal Injuries Centre, boasted to police: “I own this hospital, NHS runs it, I own it and that’s not bad.”

The allegation at the hospital related to a girl who was part of a choir and attended a concert there at which Savile was present.

The allegation read to Savile was that ‘as she left the area, he kissed her on the lips and put his tongue in her mouth’, to which Savile replied: “Out of the question.”

Later in the interview, Savile was asked specifically about the incident at the hospital.

He said: “Yeah that’s right, what happened was, here we get people come, for instance today, there’s a little jewellery sale down in the foyer, and people do things.

“And I walked in one day, long time ago, and I said not many people about and the lads, the porter lad says no, it’s local girls choir here.

“So I said oh right, and they were going to sing down in a room at the far end, so I wandered down there.

“Of course, there was much excitement when I walked in, because they knew that I worked here as a porter, right, ohh! {mock applause}, its Jimmy Savile, so I had pictures taken with them.

“But I mean, there was at least forty in the choir, so how on earth anybody’s going to kiss somebody on the lips and stick their tongue down their throat, is ridiculous.”

Savile was asked if he met girls from the choir on any other occasions to which he replied: “No, no, no, just the once and they were singing here, to the patients.”

He was then asked if he ‘messed around’ with the girls before they left the hospital and boarded a coach, to which he replied: “Not at all, how can you mess around with forty girls.”

Savile also dismissed as ‘untrue and impossible’ allegations that he grabbed hold of the girl, kissed her on the mouth and put his tongue into her mouth.

He also described as ‘out of the question’ allegations that a girl had to perform a sex act on him to get a job at Stoke Mandeville Hospital as a nurse.

Victims groups condemned the interview.

Peter Saunders from the National Association of People Abused in Childhood said: “Savile was not only arrogant, but he was clearly running rings around the police.”

Liz Dux, head of abuse at law firm Slater & Gordon, which is representing 72 alleged victims said: “The interview shows Savile to be a man with complete disdain and contempt for those that he was purporting to help.”