Jimmy Savile’s brazen manipulation of his celebrity status to become Britain’s most prolific sexual predator was laid bare today as authorities faced criticism for missing opportunities to bring him to justice during his lifetime.

A report into the late presenter’s crimes revealed that his youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy during 54 years of abuse that peaked during the height of his fame at the BBC.

He carried out 34 rapes among 214 crimes that spanned the country, according to the report, Giving Victims a Voice, by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC.