Savile investigation - appeal for man to come forward

Opening of the new Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital.Sir Jimmy Savile
Opening of the new Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital.Sir Jimmy Savile
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Police investigating allegations against Jimmy Savile are trying to trace a man who claimed he saw the disgraced TV presenter in a lay-by with a young girl.

He used the false name Paul Leonard and told BBC Radio 2 and the Daily Mirror he worked for Leeds city police in the 1960s.

He claimed that during a routine patrol around Roundhay Park in Leeds he came across Savile in his infamous Rolls Royce car which was parked in a secluded spot.

Mr Leonard told reporters he asked Savile what he was doing and he replied, ‘I’m waiting for midnight. It’s her 16th birthday tomorrow’.

West Yorkshire Police has appealed for the man to contact them urgently.

A spokesman said: “To our knowledge, Mr Leonard was not one of those who made contact. Given that Paul Leonard used a pseudonym, a false name, in his media interviews his identity or the content of what he says is very difficult to verify. We are however keen to speak to ‘Mr. Leonard’ in order that this can be investigated thoroughly.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is suspected of raping 34 women and girls, and sexually assaulting 450 more, including children as young as eight.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.