A trader is flogging a $A48,000 car registration number as a “cherished plate for Christmas” without saying it used to belong to Jimmy Savile.
The paedophile DJ had the personalised JS 247 plate on a number of his Rolls-Royces before he died in 2011.
The 247 after his initials relates to the original frequency of Radio 1, where he made his name.
The advert was placed in a Sunday newspaper but carried no mention of a link with Savile, who was one of the UK’s most prolific sex offenders.
In 2012, a scrap dealer paid $A307,000 for the former Top of the Pops presenter’s Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible – with the same plate – shortly before allegations about his sex attacks came out.
The unnamed buyer immediately wanted to get rid of it after Savile’s heinous crimes were exposed following his death.
“I don’t want to be associated with it. I’m just gutted because all of this should have come out beforehand,” the buyer said.
According to industry experts, number plates containing just two letters are normally attractive to collectors.
But anything connected to Savile is now “worthless”.
WHO WAS JIMMY SAVILE?
Savile was born in Leeds on October 31 1926, one of seven children.
He survived serious spinal injuries while working in a coal mine as a “Bevin Boy” during the Second World War before becoming a dance hall DJ and manager.
He moved into radio in the late 1950s at Radio Luxembourg before joining BBC Radio One as a presenter.
In 1964 he presented the first ever Top of the Pops and continued to make appearances on the show for decades.
More TV work followed, including kids’ show Jim’ll Fix It.
Some of his broadcasts drew audiences of 20 million.
WHY WAS SAVILE KNIGHTED?
Savile is also estimated to have raised $A77 million for charity, particularly Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he volunteered for many years as a porter.
It is now believed that Savile sexually abused vulnerable patients here and at other hospitals.
Horrifyingly, he was the face of childhood safety campaigns and even a pamphlet called Stranger Danger, which warned children to be wary of suspicious adults.
He was awarded the OBE in 1971 and was knighted in 1990.
WHAT WERE SAVILE’S CRIMES?
Savile was exposed as a paedophile in 2012, and the following year a joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report branded him one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators.
It’s estimated he sexually assaulted hundreds of women and children in a campaign of abuse lasting more than 50 years.
Operation Yewtree was launched after a flood of allegations in the wake of an ITV documentary screened in October 2012 exposed the late DJ as a paedophile.
It was then extended to include a host of other showbiz personalities suspected of child abuse.
Victims have told how Top of the Pops host Savile raped or molested them in his BBC dressing room.
Others said they were abused when the once-revered entertainer visited schools, children’s homes and hospitals under the cover of his prolific charity work.
During Operation Yewtree, police discovered Savile had abused a patient at High Royds Hospital in West Yorkshire.
The assault took place during a fancy dress for its 100th anniversary celebrations, where Savile also allegedly “groped staff’s breasts” and “put his hand up their skirts”.
Victims didn’t complain about the “dirty old man” because it was an “occupational hazard of being a woman” at the time, according to a report.
Spooky images show the inside of the abandoned unit for disturbed youngsters, which closed in 2003.
A compensation scheme was set up for victims, which drew on the money Savile had in his estate before he died, and meant those named in his will received none of the bequeathed amounts.
HOW DID SAVILE ESCAPE DETECTION?
A mixture of his celebrity status and police mistakes allowed Savile to get away with his crimes for his entire life.
He was questioned several times but nothing ever came of the inquiries.
Seven police investigations were launched into Savile’s sexual activities before he died, but officers have said that separate police forces across Britain were unable to connect the dots, partly because a national crime database did not come into operation until 2010.
Anne-Marie McAlinden, an expert on sexual abuse at Queen’s University Belfast, said Savile used his influence to groom not just his victims but also anyone who might take a closer look at the suspicions around him.
“Not only did he abuse his position of trust and authority, which was amplified because he was a celebrity, he extended it to the whole organisation, to the BBC and even the press,” she said.
This article originally appeared on the The Sun and was reproduced with permission