Jimmy Savile’s penthouse Leeds flat is ‘close to being sold’

The exterior of Jimmy Savile's penthouse flat in Roundhay, Leeds, which is for sale.
The exterior of Jimmy Savile's penthouse flat in Roundhay, Leeds, which is for sale.
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Disgraced star Jimmy Savile’s old home in Leeds is on the verge of being sold, the Yorkshire Evening Post understands.

The penthouse flat in Roundhay was put on the market before the sex abuse claims that have destroyed Savile’s reputation came to light.

As recently as Friday it was still listed as a property for sale on the website of Leeds-based Alan Cooke Estate Agents.

However, it is thought an offer was accepted on the flat around a month ago.

A source close to the deal told the YEP: “I suspect the agents have left the property on the market until they know contracts have been exchanged.”

According to the listing on the Alan Cooke website on Friday, the flat was on the market for £325,000.

It said the property enjoys a “magnificent outlook” over Roundhay Park but also warns it is “ripe for improvement”.

Features picked out on the site include a double parking space in its building’s underground garage and a lift to the flat’s fifth floor private entrance.

The listing made no mention of the property’s now-notorious previous occupant.

Savile bought the Roundhay flat at the height of his fame in the 1970s.

He died at the property in October last year, aged 84.

Proceeds from its sale will go to Savile’s estate, which has been frozen by his executor, NatWest Bank, ahead of possible damages claims from the Jim’ll Fix It host’s alleged victims.

Alan Cooke Estate Agents declined to comment when approached by the YEP.

Scotland Yard detectives fear BBC TV and radio star Savile abused hundreds of young people over the course of four decades.

One of his other old homes, a cottage in Glencoe, Scotland, was vandalised after the allegations against him emerged in October.

The words ‘Jimmy The Beast’ were painted across the front of the building while ‘Beast’ was sprayed on a side wall.

One report has claimed that Leeds-born Savile may have abused more than 20 of his victims at the remote cottage.

Vandals have also defaced a plaque outside the star’s old flat in Scarborough.

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