Alleged victim of Hartlepool darts player Tony Eccles says Jimmy Savile stories ‘were trigger’ to go to police

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

Tony Eccles outside Teesside Crown Court

THE alleged victim of darts star Tony Eccles said that national newspaper stories about Jimmy Savile abusing girls was one of the triggers which prompted her to approach the police.

But the woman – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was branded a liar in court by the defendant’s barrister during his trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The woman claims 44-year-old Eccles repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted her when she was a schoolgirl, including once having sex with her in bushes and also abusing her with one of his partner’s sex toys.


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