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PROBE INTO SAVILE LINK TO MIDLAND KIDS' HOME; Fears paedo DJ targeted poorly children.

Byline: Zoe Higgins

AFORMER children's convalescent home in the Midlands is being investigated as part of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

The Woodhouse Eaves Home, which used to provide care for children recovering from illness before closing in 1969, is the 33rd NHS organisation to come under review in relation to Savile's sick campaign of abuse.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is conducting the investigation into the late DJ's links to the home, which used to be based at Roecliffe Manor in the sleepy Leicestershire village.

Allegations that Savile sexually abused children were first broadcast in an ITV documentary in 2012, a year after the former Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops presenter died.

Carole Ribbins, director of nursing and safeguarding lead for the NHS Trust, said: "We can confirm that we have passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile.

"It names the children's convalescent home, Woodhouse Eaves (which has since closed), for us to investigate.

"We believe that we are the 'legacy organisation' for this home, where incidents may have occurred over 40 years ago.

"We will thoroughly investigate the evidence we have been given and ensure that any lessons are learned for the future."

The latest investigation has been revealed by Health Minister Norman Lamb.

"Since the written ministerial statement on November 29, 2013, a further NHS investigation has been commissioned in relation to Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home in Leicester," he con-firmed.

"The final reports of all the investigations will aim to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible."

In a report published by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC in January, 2013, Savile was described as "one of the UK's most prolific known sexual predators". The scale of his crimes was branded "unprecedented" in the UK.

"Details provided by the victims of his abuse paint the picture of a mainly opportunistic individual who used his celebrity status as a powerful tool to coerce or control them, preying on the vulnerable or star-struck for his sexual gratification," the Met said.

When the report was published, 214 criminal offences had been recorded, including 34 allegations of rape.

Roecliffe Manor was used as a convalescent home for children from the 1930s until 1969. It was purchased by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation in 1973 for use as a residential home, but is now a private residence.

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