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TV host’s headstone removed from cemetery

  • A general view showing flowers left on the grave of  British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.  The family of Jimmy Savile have had the  headstone of from his grave removed  out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    A general view showing flowers left on the grave of British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. The family of Jimmy Savile have had the headstone of from his grave removed out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • A general view showing flowers left on the grave of  British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.  The family of Jimmy Savile have had the  headstone of from his grave removed  out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    A general view showing flowers left on the grave of British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. The family of Jimmy Savile have had the headstone of from his grave removed out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • A general view showing flowers left on the grave of  British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.  The family of Jimmy Savile have had the  headstone of from his grave removed  out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE
  • A general view showing flowers left on the grave of  British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile's family, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.  The family of Jimmy Savile have had the  headstone of from his grave removed  out of ''respect to public opinion" after police said the former presenter could haveabused up to 25 victims over 40 years. (AP Photo/Anna Gowthorpe/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

Funeral director Robert Morphit said Wednesday that Savile’s family had asked him to remove the stone to “protect the dignity and sanctity” of the cemetery in Scarborough in northeastern England. He said the stone was removed in three pieces and will be sent to a landfill.

Savile, who died last year aged 84, was one of Britain’s best-known TV personalities.

The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday it had received eight criminal allegations against Savile, including two of rape and six of indecent assault, primarily against girls aged 13 to 16. The force believes there were up to 25 victims.

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