'Jimmy Savile was like a brother to me'
Paedophile Jimmy Savile's prolific sex abuse is 'deeply upsetting' one of his closest friends has said.
Paralysed firefighter George Ridgeon, from Churchdown, became Savile's friend at Stoke Mandeville Hospital after he sustained injuries in a failed fire rescue in 1981.
Savile was visiting the hospital with Princess Diana at the time.
George has since collected £3,000 worth of memorabalia such as Savile's sofa and running vest.
But he says the items still have 'sentimental value' and has not parted with them.
George said: "It is deeply upsetting reading all this stuff about him if you've got a friend who you look at like an big brother and they say he's done this and that.
"I say what about the good things he did. He was a nice bloke.
"If he has done any of the things he is accused of then he must have had a mental health problem.
Savile died on October 29 last year, aged 84, and his friend George wishes he was still alive to answer the accusations.
Children as young as eight were abused by him, a report detailing 50 years of allegations has revealed today.
The Met Police and NSPCC outlined offences at hospitals across the country.
Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration.
It makes him one of the UK's most prolific paedophiles ever.