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COPS IN THE GLEN; SAVILE EXCLUSIVE Highland hideout on police hitlist.

Byline: Lauren Crooks

Detectives were ready to search Jimmy Savile's Highland home yesterday as 20 more victims told police they were abused by the shamed star.

They believe the house in Glencoe - untouched since the disgraced DJ's death last year - could hold vital leads for their nationwide investigation.

A police source told the Sunday Mail: "We have a list and the house in the Highlands is on it. It is near the top of the list."

Yesterday, it emerged that police now believe Savile's campaign of abuse spanned six decades starting in 1959 and that he was still targeting victims in 2006. As well as the BBC, the Savile scandal was yesterday threatening to drag in the NHS and Esther Rantzen's ChildLine charity.

The BBC have launched inquiries into claims of a cover-up and into why a Newsnight investigation into the Jim'll Fix It host was shelved. The claims being probed by 14 police forces, led by the Met, come from all over the country and both the isolated cottage in Glencoe and Savile's flat will be visited by forensic teams. Police are particularly interested in the cottage - called Allt na Reigh - which has not been touched since Savile's death a year ago. A hairbrush, a folder, two pens, an ashtray, a Breakaway chocolate biscuit with a faded wrapper and two boxes of Swan Vesta matches can be seen on a cof fee table through the window. A shabby beige leather chair has pride of place in the sparsely furnished living room. Two bunk beds remain in a guest bedroom and a sign warning of f burg l a r s is posted on a window. A source close to the investigation said: "Both properties are important to this investigation. "Glencoe will be one of the first places they search.

"There are more than 300 lines of inquiry - and the house is part of that." Commander Peter Spindler, head of the Met's Specialist Crime Investigations, said: "We can now conf irm that we have received information from the public that suggests allegations against Jimmy Savile span six decades, with reports starting in 1959 up to and including 2006. "Having now had the opportunity to review progress one week on, I have revised my estimate of the number of l ikely victims to be about 60.

"Once again, I want to thank those who have come forward and reassure them, and anyone else who contacts us, they will be listened to." Shamed Savile was found dead at his Leeds home last October, aged 84, and is now lying in an unmarked grave after his PS4000 headstone was removed f rom Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough, Yorkshire. Police want to establish whether anyone still alive assisted him in his crimes. Criminologist David Wilson said: "The Scottish property should be sealed as quickly as possible. "If it is untouched, there wi l l potentially be evidence.

"They should also be getting officers in to do some basic detective work around what documents might exist, what photographs might exist, if Savile himself has got any writing about some of the people he met, and is now alleged to have abused. "There could be evidence about people who were also involved who may still be living. Obviously, there's going to be no court case against him. "But the greatest evidence is actually going to come in terms of providing corroboration in relation to the stories that they tell - that's really important.

" Former detective Gerry Gallacher, who retired last year after 30 years' service with Strathclyde Pol ice, added: "They would still have to get a search warrant for the house in Glencoe even though Savile is now dead. "Other evidence such as photographs and items of clothing, which would provde fur ther proof of abuse. "It is possible they may even find evidence of new victims or potential witnesses who have not yet come for anything at al l that might incriminate him." Savile took regular breaks in the house, which he bought in 1998. He hosted Prince Charles for dinner at the house, which is more than a mile away from the nearest property, a year later. And he even took the prince into Glencoe village to parade him to locals. Savile was described as an forward.

The house could yet play a very impor tant par t in this investigation." And ex-detective chief inspector Nanet te Pollock, who ran key investigations into child prostitution during her 30-year career with Strathclyde Police, said: "Of course this house will be an important part of the investigation because they will need to find out if there is any evidence in there for a start. They will be looking birthday cards, write them and then walk out. "He arranged for Prince Charles to come in to the post of f ice. He was coming to collect his pension except it was out of date so I couldn't do it - I had to pretend. "He could be a little bit annoying. He was quite 'look at me', he wouldn't buy things.

"He would come in with his cigar and I had to say 'Jimmy, go and put "adopted local" by community leaders after his death. But as the horror stories keep coming out, locals are having to come to terms with the truth. Penny Mundey, 43, got to know Savile well due to his visits to the post office she ran. She said: "The community are pretty shocked. I used to be the post mistress and he would come in and chat to me. He used to come in and take you r ciga r out '. Sometimes famous people can think they are better than you and he was a bit like that. "But there was never anything like these claims. I would have called the police. "I wonder why these allegations have been made now. "If it happened then, why did nobody report it? "But there are too many people saying it has happened for it not to have happened. "It's very sad. If he was like that then he should never have been around kids in the f irst place."

Me a nwh i l e , Savile's f lat in the Roundhay suburb of Leeds is still up for sale for PS325,000. It is in need of s u b s t ant ia l redevelopment and has a private elevator which takes visitors straight up to his penthouse. A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "I haven't seen any police knocking around but it's only a matter of time before they're in there. "I haven't even seen anybody coming to have a viewing of it. "I mean, would you want to live in that man's flat? "I didn't know him personal ly but with everyt h in g that 's come out I can't imagine anybody wanting to buy it."

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