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Veteran Savile fixes traffic jam

Jimmy Savile at the accident scene
Sir Jimmy Savile wearing the police jacket. Picture: Howard Silverman.

Veteran DJ Sir Jimmy Savile fixed it for police when he took up traffic directing duties after coming across a car accident near his home.

The star of Jim'll Fix It donned a high-visibility police jacket and safely guided vehicles past the scene in Oakwood, north Leeds, on Sunday.

Sir Jimmy, who lives in a penthouse overlooking Roundhay Park, said he wanted to make sure people were safe.

West Yorkshire Police thanked Sir Jimmy for his efforts at the scene.

White-haired Sir Jimmy Savile rose to fame firstly as a radio disc jockey and then a television presenter.

No blockage

He had been travelling to a restaurant in Leeds for a meal when he came across the accident.

He said: "I was the first on the scene and so I sprang out to help.

"I was making sure the people were OK and there were no serious injuries - luckily there weren't because both the cars were really damaged.

"But I wanted to make sure it would be safe for the emergency vehicles to pull up.

"I was directing the traffic through so it didn't block up, and all of a sudden two fire engines turned up, and police cars.

"A copper came across and said: 'You're doing a great job there Jimmy' and he gave me a high-visibility jacket to wear.

"I was just helping my fellow citizens."

West Yorkshire Police said: "When officers arrived at the scene of a road traffic collision a member of the public did present themselves to offer their assistance in directing the traffic.

"He was issued with a high-visibility jacket and helped to safely direct the traffic along the diversion.

"At no point was the member of public placed in any danger and we would like to thank him for his assistance with this matter."

Police said five people suffered minor injuries in the accident on Roundhay Road. One person was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

Sir Jimmy is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and he spearheaded the road safety Clunk Click Every Trip campaign in the 1970s to encourage motorists to use seat belts.

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