Jimmy Savile statue removed from Glasgow leisure centre over rape claims

A statue of TV presenter Jimmy Savile has been removed from a Glasgow leisure centre over child abuse allegations.

The DJ, who died last year aged 84, is the subject of an ITV documentary broadcast on Wednesday that centres on claims that he sexually abused teenage girls. Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile is now available on the STV Player here.

Allegations of rape are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police, while the BBC has confirmed it will investigate all claims relating to the entertainer who rose to prominence for his work with Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It.

A statue of Savile had been unveiled in 1993 at Pollok Country Park before it was installed at Scotstoun Leisure Centre - overlooking the children's swimming pool.

Glasgow Life, which operates the facility in Scotstoun, confirmed it had remove the statue from public view as a result of the investigation into Savile’s conduct.

A spokesman said: "Given the current controversy and the seriousness of the allegations, we thought it appropriate to move the statue at this time."

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