Jaconelli: Surrey Police notify IPCC
- – Corruption Buster Tim Hicks updates the latest developments in the Jaconelli investigation. The IPCC has now been notified by Surrey Police.
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:
- Because of his status as a prominent local businessman, Councillor and Mayor, it is alleged that Jaconell and his associates were left alone by the Police. This allowed him to provide Savile with a completely benign environment at Scarborough without fear of any interference from the police. In return, Savile provided Jaconelli with free publicity, visits to ITV and the BBC, and access to vulnerable people.
- The lack of Police attention because of Jaconelli’s influence and Savile’s celebrity status may perhaps be the reason that Savile spent so much time at Scarborough and invited friends to stay with him there, including I understand one man who was subsequently convicted of a serious sexual offence. One shudders to think of what they may have done together in Scarborough.
- As a result of the Rampton article, it appears that Savile brought vulnerable people from hospitals to Scarborough and introduced them to Jaconelli at his ice cream parlours, where he is known to have committed sexual offences.
- Jaconelli allowed Savile – a dangerous serial rapist – to have access to children at the school where he was a Governor.
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 Rampton article on was covered nationally in the Sunday Express which shows that Real Whitby is now closely monitored by the national papers, as well as the regional ones.
- We have received information that there were other visits of hospital patients to Scarborough, not just the two we know were organized from Rampton Secure Mental Hospital. I suspect they may have been patients from the Leeds General Infirmary or High Royds Psychiatric Hospital in Leeds and I have notified the NHS investigation team of this and await their comment.
- I have notified Surrey Police of my concerns and their response was immediate and helpful. Surrey Police issued a press statement: “In January 2013, Surrey Police published a report regarding our 2007/8 investigation into allegations against Jimmy Savile in order to be clear and transparent about what action was taken. This report has been shared with the Independent Police Complaints Commission as part of their review into police contact with Savile.“
- A Surrey Police Detective from Operation Ornament (their investigation into Savile) separately confirmed that Surrey Police intends to forward the article and the related information to the IPCC for consideration.
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.