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Jaconelli: Surrey Police notify IPCC
Two witnesses have formally confirmed that they were sexually assaulted by Scarborough Mayor Peter Jaconelli. Councillor Geoff Evans has also alleged that Jaconelli was a predatory paedophile who was left alone by the Police, because of his status as Mayor and senior Conservative politician, and because of his close connections with North Yorkshire Police.
Numerous public postings on Real Whitby have corroborated these allegations. Some allege that Jaconelli had criminal convictions for indecency.
Jaconelli was clearly a loathsome man. He routinely assaulted boys entrusted to his care in his Judo Club as well as boys whom he employed in his icecream parlours. That is bad enough. However, it appears that his impact went beyond just the offences he personally committed:
North Yorkshire Police must have been aware of Jaconelli’s offending – after all, everyone else in Scarborough was – and given that Savile’s association with Jaconelli was covered in the newspapers and on television, they were certainly completely aware that Savile was closely associated with Jaconelli and brought vulnerable patients to him.
Yet neither Jaconelli or Savile was ever arrested, although witnesses were apparently questioned about them by North Yorkshire Police in a 2003 investigation.
In response to an enquiry by Sussex Police in 2007, North Yorkshire Police Force Intelligence Bureau did not pass on information that Savile was a known associate of Jaconelli and that both men had featured as persons of interest in the 2003 investigation.
Had they done so, then Savile may have been arrested. However, the failure by North Yorkshire Police to either arrest Jaconelli (which could have led to evidence on Savile), or provide all the intelligence they had on him to Surrey Police (the best chance the Police had of arresting him), ensured that he escaped justice.
Ms Drusilla Sharpling CBE, of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constablulary, has confirmed that Savile was allowed special treatment because of who he was.
Since the article, there have been a number of developments:
The IPCC is currently investigating a Police Officer from West Yorkshire for misconduct in connection with the Surrey Police enquiry.
If any reader has information that he/she wishes to pass on to the Metropolitan Police investigation into the activities of Savile and his associates in Scarborough and Whitby, they should contact:
The Operation Yewtree Incident Room, on 0208 217 6446 in complete confidence, indicating they are doing so pursuant to the Real Whitby investigation.