Jimmy the beast: Graffiti vandals target Savile’s remote Highlands cottage days after police raid
- The remote white-washed property is thought to be where the disgraced TV presenter may have abused dozens of children over the decades
- ‘Jimmy the beast’ was written on the wall and the door was badly damaged
- Vandalism happened on Saturday night and was reported by passer-by
Jimmy Savile’s Highland cottage has been targeted by vandals, with black graffiti spray-painted across the outside.
The remote white-washed property is thought to be where the disgraced TV presenter may have abused dozens of children over the decades.
‘Jimmy the beast’ was written on the wall of his holiday home outside the village of Glencoe and the door was badly damaged.
A symbol showing a triangle with an eye above it was daubed on one wall – it resembles the Eye of Providence used in Masonic imagery.
The incident was reported yesterday 7.30am by a passer-by.
A spokesman for the Northern Constabulary force said ‘abusive slogans’ were painted on the walls of the property.
Former Highland Councillor Drew McFarlane-Slack, who lives in neighbouring Ballachulish, told The Sun: ‘I deplore any kind of actions like that.
‘But when people have said things have happened in that house, it doesn’t make it understandable, but people will take action when they are so angry. It would be better if the executors act quickly and get it sold and into the hands of somebody who can remove the stain that’s on it.’
BBC Scotland reporter Andreas Wolff said he had been told that witnesses saw three men in their 20s throwing stones at the house and spray-painting the walls.
He said a black car was seen in front of the house with the doors wide open.
Last week officers searched the cottage to look for ‘any evidence of any others being involved in any offending with him.’
Frozen in time, his hairbrush, documents, ashtray and even his food were scattered around the empty home just as he left them.
Other rooms in the cottage, where he once entertained Prince Charles over dinner, contained bunk beds and a double bed all made up neatly with fresh bed linen.
Officers believe Savile’s cottage, called Alt-na-reigh, could hold vital clues that could help the investigation.
Famously Savile had the Prince of Wales around for dinner in 1999 and hired three waitresses in aprons with HRH sewn into them.
The Northern Constabulary, which led the raid, said they were helping the Met with their probe, while Scotland Yard said they would not comment on the ongoing investigation.
Savile maintained it was his dream to live in the Highlands and he spent huge sums converting the home, adding glass walls, mains water and sewage as well as modernising its decor throughout.
Because the cottage remains untouched since his death, it is stacked full of photos, clothes and documents, which could lead to identifying more victims or help those who have already made allegations of abuse.
Savile bought the Glencoe property, which is a mile from the nearest house, in 1998 and used it as a hideaway up until his death.
He bought it after falling in love with the area on a cycling holiday in 1944.
He became a regular in Glencoe village, with residents saying he was an ‘attention seeker’ who would wander around in a Highland kilt waving at passing tourists.
One man from the area described how he had asked for the DJ’s autograph and instead got a bizarre message from him that read ‘lost girls’ should visit him.
The cottage was to be sold this year for £300,000 but this was halted by his charitable trust, who wanted to convert it into a respite centre for the disabled.
But this is now in doubt after it announced it is to close down.
Trustees had hoped the property – one of only two in the Glencoe gorge – could be used by mountaineering groups.
But the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said it had had no further contact since before the scandal broke.