Jimmy Savile’s details have been removed from a “Who’s Who of Leeds” display at a flagship museum after a complaint from a concerned parent.
Mum Beverley O’Hara was shocked to find the child sex abuse scandal star’s name and image remained on the interactive computer display during a visit to Leeds City Museum on Tuesday.
Users could even vote for Savile as their ultimate Leeds hero – a fortnight after the current flood of abuse allegations against him began.
Other celebrities featured in the exhibit included writer Alan Bennett and actress Liz Dawn.
Mrs O’Hara, 39, from Moortown, says she complained about Savile’s continued inclusion to a member of museum staff only to be told: “He hasn’t been found guilty.”
Now, though, Leeds City Council – which runs the museum – has taken action after being contacted by the YEP.
A council spokeswoman yesterday said pictures of Savile had been cleared from the museum’s walls when the abuse scandal broke.
She said his entry on the computer display had now also been wiped, explaining its removal had taken longer due to “technical reasons”.
Mrs O’Hara, who visited the museum with seven-year-old daughter Marnie, yesterday said: “I’m pleased it’s gone, it didn’t seem right for it to still be there.”
Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is offering counselling to nurses who worked alongside Savile at Leeds General Infirmary.
The late TV and radio host is alleged to have molested patients during his time as a volunteer porter at LGI in the 1970s.
He is also said to have groped youngsters at Buckinghamshire’s Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he was a fundraiser.
An RCN spokesman said: “[We provide] a range of counselling and support services and these will ... be made available to members should they need them.”
The Department of Health has appointed former barrister Kate Lampard to oversee the NHS’s involvement with inquiries into Savile’s activities at LGI and Stoke Mandeville.
Detectives working on the case fear he had up to 60 victims spanning six decades.