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'Savile abuse going on for 50 years'

Scarborough Borough Council has said the headstone of Sir Jimmy Savile has been removed from his grave overnight at the request of his family.

The TV and radio presenter, who died last year, has been accused of sexually abusing as many as 30 victims during his career.

Mark Williams Thomas, a former child protection expert who presented the ITV programme that revealed the allegations, told Today presenter Sarah Montague that, since the programme was broadcast, a "significant" number of people have contacted him about alleged abuse by Savile, as well as people who knew what was happening.

"This has been going on quite clearly for 50 years" he explained.

"There are people who have been aware of this" he added, and some of these people were in positions of "trust within the media".

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