Operation Countryman II (8): North Yorkshire Police and Jaconelli: The big silence
For some time local people and Real Whitby have been alleging that Savile operated in a paedophile-ring in Scarborough, along with the former Mayor Peter Jaconelli; that Jaconelli was reported to the North Yorkshire Police and the Police knew about him but ignored the evidence because of Jaconelli’s status as a leading and wealthy businessman, senior Conservative politician and Mayor of Scarborough.
Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Jimmy Savile is being conducted in three tiers:
Tier 1: Offences committed by Jimmy Savile.
Tier 2: Offences Committed by those connected to Jimmy Savile.
Tier 3: Offences committed by those completely unconnected to Jimmy Savile.
Former Mayor Peter Jaconelli, and the police officers that served in Scarborough and ignored his offending, are clearly encompassed within Tier 2 of Operation Yewtree, as suspects.
A spokesman for the force said: “North Yorkshire Police is assisting the IPCC with the request.”
Whilst Jaconelli is now dead and cannot face prosecution, it is entirely possible that those Police Officers who undoubtedly turned a blind eye to Peter Jaconelli and those that may have withheld substantive intelligence from other Forces (thereby frustrating their investigations) could – and in my view should – face prosecution.
Although Officers from various Forces investigating Tier 2 and Tier 3 of Operation Yewtree have relentlessly and publicly pursued celebrities, no Police Officer has ever faced charges for incompetence or corruption over the failure of the British Police Service to arrest Savile. And both failings have been present in abundance.
The North Yorksghire Police appear to have been granted immunity from prosecution or any form of censure over this catastrophic failure of policing.
Question: So, when faced with compelling evidence of police corruption and collusion with Jaconelli by its officers, what has been the response of North Yorkshire Police?
Answer: Complete silence. Both Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan (who is supposed to hold the North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable to account) are ignoring correspondence on the issue. No witnesses have been interviewed by North Yorkshire Police and their evidence has not even been acknowledged, although we are assured that it has been passed on by to them by Scarborough Borough Council.
It appears the Operation Yewtree investigation is being stone-walled in North Yorkshire to prevent the arrest of Police Officers.
In this context, following the repeated failure of any representative of North Yorkshire Police to respond to correspondence on Jaconelli, I have been forced to resort to an open letter to Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, asking them for “a full and open statement concerning these allegations of collusion by police officers to protect Jaconelli (and by extension Savile), because he was a senior Conservative politician, Mayor and Alderman”.
In my lead article on corruption within North Yorkshire Police, I stated:
- “On the 16th of April 2013 the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire will select a new Chief Constable for North Yorkshire.”
Following the scandals referred to above (here, Operation Countryman II launched ), there has been a sea-change in attitudes to police corruption in the UK.
Temporary Chief Constable Madgwick has shown that he is still personally wedded to the old ways of “The Blue Wall”, of closing ranks and protecting his colleagues no matter what. In modern policing terms he is a dinosaur, that along with others has accepted unacceptable practices and fostered a culture of impunity within North Yorkshire Police.
*** WANTED ***
An Officer of the honesty and integrity of Sir Robert Mark to purge North Yorkshire Police of corrupt Police Officers and practices.
It looks to me as if Chief Constable Dave Jones has failed to measure up to this crioterion and thatthe North Yorkshire Police is being led by another dinosaur.
We shall see.
Text of my Open Letter is below. I will publish any response I receive in full.
Sent: 20 September 2013 11:28
Subject: RE: Open Letter to North Yorkshire Police re Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli
Dear Police and Crime Commissioner Mulligan,
Dear Chief Constable Jones,
RE: Open Letter to North Yorkshire Police re Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli
Further to my article below, published on the 6th of September 2013:
I am writing to confirm that I have still not had any response from you to my correspondence.
Of all the failures by the British Police Service that allowed Savile to go unpunished, the two most critical were made by North Yorkshire Police:
- The inexcusable failure by North Yorkshire Police to arrest Jaconelli, who was offending openly in Scarborough for over thirty years, which would surely have led them to wind up the vice ring he led in Scarborough, including Savile.
- The apparent failure by the Force Intelligence Bureau to pass on the intelligence North Yorkshire Police had undoubtedly developed on Savile during the 2003 paedophile investigation
Although the IPCC have directed that North Yorkshire Police should consider if there are any conduct issues, it has become obvious that no investigation is taking place and it is being stonewalled. I would repeat my request that you ask for officers from another force to conduct this enquiry, given the revelations of collusion by many officers of your force based at Scarborough it is likely to reveal, if conducted impartially.
The silence from North Yorkshire Police on this issue is thunderous.
In July 2012 I received a written demand from Detective Superintendent Pearson to remove all articles on North Yorkshire Police and the former North Yorkshire Police Authority on the basis of alleged inaccuracies in my articles which she was unable to specify. I consider it is a corrupt act for a Police Officer conducting a criminal investigation into a journalist (which transpired to be completely unsupported by any evidence at all) and during which I was formally accused of having “damaged North Yorkshire Police”, to write during that investigation requiring that articles critical of North Yorkshire Police and the Police Authority be removed. The implication being that if I removed the articles, no further action would be taken on the criminal investigation.
It is alleged by many witnesses that Scarborough Council, the police and every schoolboy in Scarborough was completely aware of Jaconelli’s offending. Following on from Detective Superintendent Pearson’s letter, please see below an article on the latest attempts to close down press coverage of the Jaconelli scandal and other matters by Scarborough Council:
The leader of Scarborough Council is Councillor Tom Fox, who as Chief Inspector Tom Fox led policing in Scarborough. The Portfolio holder of Scarborough Council’s Legal Department which is leading the effort to close down Real Whitby is Councillor Jane Kenyon, formerly the Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority.
The Police and the Police Authority must always be subject to public scrutiny by a free press. I consider the policy of North Yorkshire Police of refusing to comment at all, issue any denial of these grave allegations, or any statement of regret for its failure to arrest Jaconelli and Savile to their victims, is indicative of a closed, defensive, silo mentality. It appears that the senior leadership of your force is unable to accept or admit to any past failing at all and has concentrated its efforts on maintaining its right to silence, and trying intimidate journalists, to prevent any more revelations that are embarrassing and “damage North Yorkshire Police”.
I would call on North Yorkshire Police to make a full and open statement concerning these allegations of collusion by police officers to protect Jaconelli (and by extension Savile), because he was a senior Conservative politician, Mayor and Alderman.
I look forward to your response.