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Resign, Tom FOX! Spare Scarborough Council Further Disrepute

Resign, Tom FOX! Spare Scarborough Council Further Disrepute

  • an ‘In My View’ article by NIGEL WARD, outlining the case for the immediate resignation of Scarborough Borough Council Leader, Councillor Tom FOX – formerly Chief Inspector Tom FOX of the (Scarborough) North Yorkshire Police – following his wildly misleading statement to Full Council.


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On Friday 28th 2014, the Yorkshire Coast Radio published the following article:

“Leader Of Scarborough Borough Council Responds To Jaconelli Allegations”

7:15pm 28th  2014

The leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Tom Fox, has issued a statement about the allegations of historical sexual abuse by the late Peter Jaconelli, former Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough.

Tom Fox read out the statement at a full council meeting this afternoon.

He said: . . . “

I now intend to reproduce Leader Tom FOX’s statement paragraph-by-paragraph, so that I can address each of his assertions, individually.

“Members will no doubt have read or heard of distressing allegations raised by members of the public in relation to the former mayor of this borough, the late Peter Jaconelli. It is most important that members of this council and the public are informed of the actions the council has taken, and continues to take, in relation to this matter.”

The ‘members of the public’ to whom Tom FOX refers were, in fact, victims of Peter JACONELLI. Several of them contacted Real Whitby, having failed to elicit any response from Scarborough Borough Council. A detailed time-line of some of that attempted  correspondence with SBC is presented in my article, published on 29th September 2013, entitled SBC Solicitor: Unforgivable Incompetence – or Something Worse?”.

Lisa DIXON – the eponymous “SBC Solicitor” – has never contacted me to object to the information provided in that article, or to contest any element of it. Given her proclivity for issuing legal threats based on spurious allegations of crime and defamation, which – as the BBC programme made abundantly clear – she was unable to substantiate with any evidence of wrongdoing against myself, chartered accountant Tim HICKS F.C.A., and Tim THORNE (the team that has collated the Peter JACONELLI allegations – and also Real Whitby proprietor Glenn KILPATRICK), readers may readily conclude that the Council has done everything it can to suppress information on the Peter JACONELLI allegations.

On that basis, Tom FOX’s assertion that it is important for members of the Council and members of the public to be aware of the Council’s actions is laughable – the Council’s actions have been lamentable and the Councillors and public are aware only because Real Whitby has made them aware.

[TF’s statement continues . . .] “I make no apology if I repeat information which is already in the public domain. It is critical that with a matter of this importance, all of us are clear as to the weight the council has placed on these allegations and the subsequent processes, which have been put in place to ensure that the criminal allegations are thoroughly investigated by the correct authorities.”

The “weight the council has placed on these allegations” is a two-sided coin. Publicly, the Council has all but ignored the allegations. Tom FOX himself has ignored, and continues to ignore, my oft-repeated public interest question, first raised over a year ago on 18th  February 2013:

  • “What is the intention of the Leader in respect of the many serious allegations, every bit as horrific as those against Jimmy SAVILE, against former Councillor and Mayor Peter JACONELLI, in respect of his status as Alderman of the Borough. Is there a process in train for the Council to adopt the same approach as in the SAVILE case?”

Conversely, within the private enclave that is the Town Hall, the Peter JACONELLI scandal has aroused concern verging on panic. Every Council employee is aware, as the general public is aware – and has been for half a century – that Peter JACONELLI was a predatory and serial homosexual paedophile and a close associate of Jimmy SAVILE. Tom FOX’s personal interest in the current furore is that he served the vast majority of his service with the North Yorkshire Police in Scarborough. It is virtually impossible to believe that he alone in Scarborough was unaware of Peter JACONELLI’s sexual predilections. As the former Chief Inspector in charge of the Scarborough Police and in his current role as Leader of SBC, his opportunity (and responsibility) for awareness of the truth about Peter JACONELLI arguably exceeds that of any other figure of authority.

[TF’s statement continues . . .] “Following allegations received some twelve months ago by this council into serious sexual offending against children and young people by the late Peter Jaconelli, this council immediately engaged with North Yorkshire Police to ensure a proper criminal investigation could be undertaken.”

In fact, the first allegations about Peter JACONELLI were made in October 2012 by the Sunday Express, followed up sharply by Real Whitby. North Yorkshire Police initially publicly denied that Jimmy SAVILE had any connection with Scarborough at all:

  • “When the allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile were publicised, we carried out extensive searches of force records which did not reveal a local connection”.

In response to an IPCC investigation, NYP maintained that it had no intelligence whatever on Peter JACONELLI, or on his association with Jimmy SAVILE – although their close friendship had been featured on the BBC and in the press, and every schoolboy and parent in Scarborough knew of Peter JACONELLI’s activities.

Only since the BBC ‘Inside Out’ documentary was broadcast has former Scarborian Trevor HARRINGTON, been contacted by the North Yorkshire Police – by telephone, by Safer Neighbourhood beat bobby PC Jon GRAINGE, best know for his pursuit of a stolen push-bike in Thirsk.


If SBC can be relied upon to comply with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (and its failure to do so over recent years is thoroughly documented), we shall soon know (by no later than 27th March 2014) precisely how many communications have been received by Tom FOX, CEO Jim DILLON and Director of Legal & Democratic Services Lisa DIXON – and on what dates, at what times. Many of those communications have been forwarded to Real Whitby – along with the follow-up (if any) from the North Yorkshire Police – so it will be a very simple matter to determine who has been the less diligent – the Council or the Police.

[TF’s statement continues . . .] “The reports received by the council were forwarded to the police and a police investigation commenced. Subsequently, further reports were submitted to the police as a consequence of publicity given to the allegations. These reports are being considered by the police as part of the ongoing investigation, which was triggered by the council’s initial referrals.”

So, “a police investigation commenced”, did it? Let me remind readers of what I have reported elsewhere; following several hours of interview with detectives from Operation Yewtree (DS Ivon BEER and DC Laura DAY) in April 2013, we were informed that the evidence that we had provided had been passed to North Yorkshire Police, who would be contacting us in due course to progress the investigation. We have NEVER been approached by North Yorkshire Police and they have NEVER requested access to any of the evidence that we have amassed.

And let me emphasise that DC Alison MORRIS’s attempt at contacting Trevor HARRINGTON on 26th November 2013, was sent to another person’s email address, previously provided to NYP by Lisa DIXON, and has still never been received by Trevor HARRINGTON.

So much for “triggered by the council’s initial referrals”. In truth, the investigations were triggered by a series of articles published by Tim HICKS, here on Real Whitby, and underscored by the allegations of many members of the public who overcame their fear of disbelief and ridicule to come forward and post compelling statements in public in the ‘Comments’ sections beneath the Real Whitby articles.

Even the North Yorkshire Police Press Statement  (which SBC Deputy CEO Hilary JONES refused to circulate to all Councillors) acknowledges that the investigation was being re-opened in response to the BBC ‘Inside Out’ documentary and its scrutiny of the Real Whitby allegations, so Tom FOX’s assertion – “These reports are being considered by the police as part of the ongoing investigation, which was triggered by the council’s initial referrals.” – is a complete fabrication.


[TF’s statement continues . . .] “The police have conducted and continue to conduct their enquiry into these most serious and historical sexual offending allegations. As part of this process and the council’s engagement with the police, I have this week received confirmation from the police that they expect their investigations to be concluded shortly.”

The first sentence of this paragraph has already been de-constructed.

The second sentence beggars belief. It stands in direct conflict with information passed to me from within NYP.

A significant (and growing) number of victims have been in contact with NYP – whose own public statement, asked only for the witnesses put up by the BBC ‘Inside Out’ documentary (just a representative sample of five) to come forward. Why not appeal to all the victims? Who will consider their evidence? Very, very few have reported any interest from NYP. Indeed, one of the ‘five’ has posted on Real Whitby – under the pseudonym ‘Timeonmyhands’ (I know who he is) – making it clear that NYP has been making no authentic effort whatsoever to pursue sources of evidence cited on Real Whitby again and again over the past twelve months. I have been in direct contact with this witness regularly since 26th September 2013, when he reported to me that he had received no response from SBC to his complaint of 21st February 2013, other than this brief email, from Tom FOX, reproduced verbatim:

Re: Ex Mayor Jaconelli

Thank you for your e-mail re the above person.

I have forwarded your e-mail to our Director of Legal Services for her information and attention.

Again, thank you for the information.

Most sincerely, tom fox

Note that there is no reference at all to a referral to the North Yorkshire Police by Tom FOX or anybody else at SBC. To say that the fifth paragraph of Tom FOX’s statement to Council was economical with the truth is an understatement of monumental proportions.

As to the assertion that the investigation is expected “to be concluded shortly”, my information is that the decision has been made at the highest level to place the JACONELLI investigation in the hands of a career Detective who has served many years with the Metropolitan Police, and who is known to pursue every last shred.

[TF’s statement continues . . .] “There should be no doubt that, if the police conclude that these allegations are credible and founded, as Leader of this council, I will not hesitate to bring forward a motion seeking the removal of all civic honours from the offender.”

The first clause of that sentence is no more than a truism – and has been valid since former Councillor Geoff EVANS very bravely and honourably first went public with his own allegations in the Scarborough News article “Ex-mayor was a sex pest” on 22nd  February2013 – over a year ago. There can be no doubt that the allegations against Peter JACONELLI are credible and founded. Why are we waiting?


But as for the second sentence – “I will not hesitate” . . . how can the Leader make that claim in the face of over a year of prevarication? Let Tom FOX look former Councillor Geoff EVANS – who he berated down the telephone as a trouble-maker – in the eyes and claim that he “will not hesitate”? Let Tom FOX look Trevor HARRINGTON in the eyes and say that. I have been privy to the full unedited version of Trevor HARRINGTON’s interview to the BBC in Australia and to the entirety (such as it was) of Trevor HARRINGTON’s correspondence on this matter. He has never even received an apology from Tom FOX or Lisa DIXON for his personal concerns being emailed to a wrong address.

Incidentally, in it interesting to note that the Scarborough News has not made any reference to the JACONELLI scandal since then – nor the Whitby Gazette at all. Only the Yorkshire Post, amongst Johnston Press titles, has reported Tom FOX’s much-belated reaction to the pressure from Real Whitby.

[TF’s statement concludes] “In the meantime, I note that this council publicly praises the courage of all victims of sexual offences who come forward to report such heinous crimes. Following on from “Giving Victims a Voice” we recognise and have empathy with all victims, whatever the offender, whatever the situation, including empathy and support for those who have yet to come forward.”

When did the Council “publicly praise” the courage of the victims. Where was this “public praise” when former Councillor Geoff EVANS stood up to be counted? Getting bawled out at the other end of a phone.

Not one of the victims who has come forward and shared their experiences and correspondence with Real Whitby has, to my certain knowledge, reported receiving a single word of compassion or sympathy from North Yorkshire Police, or from Tom FOX or from any other elected member or paid public servant within Scarborough Borough Council. In my view, this is the most scurrilous lie of all.

The plain truth is that the victims have been largely ignored by the Police and the Council, whose only significant action has been to attempt to “terminate” Real Whitby to prevent further criticism – only to be caught out, by BBC ‘Inside Out’ presenter by Chris JACKSON, in a completely false denial of having made that attempt.


In my view, Tom FOX and his minions have been motivated only by a determination not to endure any negative fall-out from their duplicitous position in relation to the Peter JACONNELLI scandal.

And Tom FOX, in particular, has a huge and undeclared personal interest in the outcome of this horrible saga of denial. As prime custodian of the public trust, first as Scarborough’s ‘top cop’, now as Leader of the Borough Council, his duty to openness and transparency exceeds that of any other public figure in the Borough.

Likewise, his duty of care to the citizens – and most especially, the children – of the Borough is second to none.

And speaking of ‘duty of care’, please allow me to draw to readers attention to the BBC report on the High Court decision handed down on Friday 28th February 2014 in the favour of six victims of serial rapist John WARBOYS, who have successfully sued the Metropolitan Police in respect of failure in their duty of care:

  • “The judge said there had been a “series of systemic failings” by the Met, which had failed to cut short [Worboys’] five to six-year spree of violent attacks’.”

The North Yorkshire Police, including many of Tom FOX’s contemporaries, will be ruminating, as I write, about the ramifications of their failing of the victims of Peter JACONELLI and Jimmy SAVILE’s fifty-year “spree of violent attacks”.

A ‘class action’ would appear to me to be eminently possible. Some enterprising lawyer will be looking at that right now.


Speaking for myself, I am appalled and disgusted by this utterly disingenuous statement from Tom FOX.

The truth is that the Council on which he serves as Leader (Leader, mark you) has been shown to have conducted a flawed correspondence with victims (wrongly addressed email response) – either as a result of astonishing professional incompetence, or (and this, of course, is of far greater concern) as a result of a deliberate policy of obfuscation, prevarication and extraordinary dishonesty.

The Council has also been shown to have conducted a flawed correspondence with the North Yorkshire Police (by providing a wrong email address for Trevor HARRINGTON), thereby potentially implicating the Director of Legal & Democratic Services Lisa DIXON.

No amount of attempted sophistry on the part of Tom FOX (or his script-writer) can disguise those facts.

There has been something rotten in the Borough of Scarborough for a very long time.

Following this wildly misleading statement in Council, the clean-up must surely begin with the immediate resignation, from all public office, of Councillor Tom FOX.


Councillor David Jeffels and Peter Jaconelli.

Related reading:

TIM HICKS’ meticulous forensic investigation of the SAVILE/JACONELLI years

“Safely Above The Law”

“Two SBC Councillors Accused of Serious Crimes”

“An Appeal to PCC Julia MULLIGAN”

Private Eye references:





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  1. Glenn Kilpatrick March 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

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  2. Ian Detute March 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Excellent article Nigel as always

  3. Glenn Kilpatrick March 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

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  4. al roberts March 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    the button works for me

    • Glenn Kilpatrick March 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alan.

  5. Carol Angel March 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    fantastic article Nigel……. an example to be followed by many others hopefully ! thankyou for your tenacity and clarity !

  6. Tim Hicks March 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    There has never been any doubt that Jaconelli was a paedophile. The evidence was overwhelming.

    North Yorkshire Police just did not want to admit that it had turned a blind eye to his ofending because of his status as a Councillor and prominent businessman for fifty years, allowing hundreds of children to be abused. SBC wanted to protect the reputation of a senior conservative politician no matter what.

  7. Tim Thorne March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Let us also remember the public record in this matter. Mr Harrington sent an email to Jim Dillon, Chief Executive of SBC in early February 2013. Let us look at the minutes of the full Council meetings since then:

    Friday, 22nd February, 2013
    To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

    The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

    Monday, 13th May, 2013
    To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

    The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

    Monday, 8th July, 2013
    To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

    The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

    Monday, 9th September, 2013
    To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

    The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

    Monday, 4th November, 2013
    To consider any communications received by the Chief Executive.

    The Chief Executive advised that no communications had been received.

    Monday, 6th January, 2014
    Questions (if any) of which notice shall have been given.

    The Chief Executive advised that no questions had been received.

    Perhaps the Chief Executive has been somewhat remiss in his duties not to report the request to strip Peter Jaconelli of his civic honours to full Council?

    • Nigel March 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      And let us not forget that Trevor HARRINGTON wrote directly to Jim DILLON on 24th August 2013, formally requesting that DILLON put the matter before Full Council (which next met on 7th September 2013)- AS THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES – and ‘Silent’ Jim DILLON did sweet flock all. He will answer for that via due process.

  8. Brian Dodds March 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    A real eye opener, proving what I have believed for quite some time, that Tom Fox is as dishonest as a councillor as he was as a senior police officer. His biggest failing is his compulsive lying, to the council, the public and to those victims of abuse who have had the courage to make public the facts of Jaconellis offences. This is not the end of the matter by any means, the immediate resignation of Tom Fox and all the others who have knowingly collaberated with him in his matter should be immediate, and I include paid public servants in that statement, well done Nigel, outstanding piece of work.

  9. Wendy McMillan March 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Dear Nigel,
    You are a lovely kind man who, when faced with real, stinking,polluting corruption, showed all of us an example of how we should behave.
    You looked into the pit and dug. Against odds which would have beaten a lesser man you have uncovered a cesspit of corruption and are now nearing
    The real truth of the matter.
    I’ve a feeling you won’t stop here either and will be a force to be reckoned with by all corrupt holders of public office who abuse their power to harm others and I thank you for it.
    Power to your elbow but do rest sometimes. Knowing all this must make you feel almost as defiled as the victims sometimes.
    Thank you for giving people a voice when they had none and for giving others,like me, somewhere to turn after stumbling on corruption.
    Take very good care of yourself, we need you

    • Nigel March 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply


      I struggle to find a form of words in which I can both thank you for your kind remarks and scold you for placing them here. I am a private man. I try to be precise and fair in the way I report my discoveries. I do so in the hope that those of good conscience within the ranks of our public servants will acknowledge that this is simply no way to go on. I am surprised to be forever kept waiting. But they are servants and they are accountable to their masters – though they are not slaves. They may walk away from the kitchen if they find the heat in there too oppressive. I will not pursue them in private life – because privacy for the individual is even more important than transparency from the ‘administration’. So in future, could I ask you to save your kind words until we sit together over a cup of coffee and a sticky bun.

      Kindest regards,

      Nigel 🙂

  10. Geraldine Mitchell March 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I agree with all the above comments, especially Wendy McMillans .
    If there were National and mainstream journalists of this calibre we ordinary people might stand a chance against a corrupt Government who seem to hell bent on ruining Britain,and asset stripping publicly funded institutions like our precious NHS. Instead we have a media which either looks the other way or openly endorses the self interested actions of supposedly public servants.
    Real Whitby gives us hope that it is possible to still believe that public servants and integrity are not mutually exclusive terms.

    • Nigel March 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply


      Please excuse me if I refer you to my response, above, to Wendy’s comment. My gratitude and appreciation to all the people who support my work is far greater than you can imagine. It would die on the vine without it. But this campaign is not about personalities. It is about principles. So I think that you place value in my work because it is a reflection of your own moral imperative. That’s why I loves ya, baby.

      Very kind regards to you, Ged.


  11. Frank Chalmers March 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Great work Nigel.

    What a disgrace that the public trust is in tatters, and for such a long time.

    When are these “public servants” going to put it right.

    These douchebags need putting in stocks in the middle of city square, and leaving for a week. They would probably starve, because no one would be stupid enough to feed them, but it would be just deserts for all the horrors these people have caused.

  12. rod mathers March 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    I have followed this investigation through every step. The case is made. In spades. If anybody reputable ever investigates all this there will be the biggest upheaval in local politics since Magna Carta. Well done, gentlemen. This time you have inflicted a terminal blow. Let it be an example to the decent people all over the country.

  13. julian armitage March 3, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

    From a conservative voter ” Fox resign your position is untenable, you are a disgrace “

  14. yorkiegull March 3, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    What has this double dipping/nest feathering cretin ever done that is to the benefits of the electorate of the borough ?. He should have been ousted or had the decency to resign a long time ago. He hangs on in there like a bad smell. Surely he must top contender for the Yorkie Gull award of the most unpopular councillor/leader of all time. “For once in your life Sly do something to benefit the borough.” (We Don’t Want You) TAKE!! A!! HIKE!!. (Yorkie Gull)

  15. Hugh Penny March 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this, Nigel. There does seem to be a problem with Fox, however, that most people seem to hate him with a passion, I don’t know any Scarborough resident who will say any good thing that he’s done for the borough in his time here, BUT he still gets elected. And he won’t resign while this is still the case.

  16. Brian Forster March 4, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I just watched the BBC Inside Out North East and Cumbria program and have shared it to my wall. Well done on your tenacity, and you stand as a Real Alternative to all MSM.
    I should add that although I am a Geordie by birth, I now live in Sydney Australia, but have been following Nigel and Real Whitby for a year of more now.

  17. Trisha Hardman March 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Nigel, thank you for such a wonderful article. Does Mr Fox think he above the rules of society or maybe he is writing his rule book.Mr Fox should start to listen to public opinion and leave public office, get himself an allotment and grow spuds instead of lies. I’m sure his influence with the relevant SBC dept. can get him ahead of the waiting list.
    Keep up the good work Nigel, we need people like you to keep us all awake.

  18. David Huxtable March 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Every policeman in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey knew exactly what Jaconelli did in his spare time and during business hours. For Tom Fox to profess otherwise would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. At least let him show the decency to stand down.

    • monk March 9, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Well said Martin huxtable

      • monk March 9, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

        Sorry David huxtable

  19. Nigel March 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    In general terms, I prefer not to comment on my own articles. Having made my case within the article itself, I see little reason to add to it.

    In this present case, however, I have felt it appropriate to respond to messages of support and approval.

    There is nothing trivial about facing the hostility of a publicly-elected (and financed) institution whose existence is predicated on the provision of services and amenities to the public. When such an institution is willing to spend huge amounts in Officer-time and legal advice for the sole purpose of defending the indefensible, then something is radically amiss in the way that our public servants view their own remit.

    New evidence forthcoming from members of the public (and former employees of the ‘authorities’) is incontestable. Tom FOX may believe he can shrug it off. He cannot. The question only remains as to how many more will go down in the wake of this mostrous scandal.

    So I offer my heartfelt thanks not only to those who have added their names in support of our work in the public interest, but also to those who have overcome the trepidations of a lifetime to come forward and validate our work unequivocally with hard evidence.

    My respects and best wishes to you all. Thank you.

  20. champthepug March 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    . .] “Following allegations received some twelve months ago by this council into serious sexual offending against children and young people by the late Peter Jaconelli, this council immediately engaged with North Yorkshire Police to ensure a proper criminal investigation could be undertaken.” ????????????
    when is investigation going to start????
    for anyone to dismiss,ignore, cover and hide any allegation of child abuse mr fox DO YOU UNDERSTAND any person that abuses an innocent child.. must have pedo tendancies …..Any NORMAL person would report all INFormation on these dirty bastards,too MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED,MR FOX YOU ARE TOO SCARED TO HAVE THIS INVESTIGATED RESIGN YOU BAD BASTARD YOUR NO GOOD KARMA IS COMING……FOR YOU ALL!!

  21. Glynn Hobson March 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks Nigel,

    It is heartwarming to know that there are men and women out there who are brave enough to expose the low life in our communities. I am sick of seeing these crimes described as scandals, they are crimes, crimes of a most despicable nature. If we don’t stand up to protect our kids from these crimes what will we stand up against? What is worse than raping and murdering our kids??

  22. Nigel April 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire have issued the following statement relating to a recent voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission

    “North Yorkshire Police has made a voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concerning the way in which the force recorded and responded to reports it received against two men regarding child sex abuse were handled.
    NYP crest

    The formal referral, made on Thursday 3 April 2014, follows an internal enquiry conducted by the Force.

    The referral relates to how North Yorkshire Police responded to an allegation it received over a decade ago about Jimmy Savile (who died in October 2011) and about several allegations made recently about Savile’s friend, Scarborough resident Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999.

    The referral also relates to whether any information it held on record about Savile or his known associates was properly and comprehensively disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) when it, and other police forces in England and Wales, were asked to do so by HMIC in December 2012 and again by the IPCC in May last year.

    The Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones said: “There has been, quite rightly, significant public interest in how the Police Service nationally responded to reports relating to alleged offending by both Savile and his known associates.

    “In order to determine whether North Yorkshire Police responded appropriately to information we may have received, I instructed that an immediate review all of our systems be completed to ascertain if there was any recorded information in relation to Savile, Jaconelli and their known associates and friends, in respect of any reported offending.

    “As a result of this review, I have referred the matter to the IPCC for their consideration.

    “It is imperative that the public, especially victims, have confidence in the police, and that we are trusted to record and investigate all allegations of crime that we receive.”

    North Yorkshire Police enquires have already obtained evidence from a number of identified witnesses. Such is the nature of the evidence that, if he were alive today, Peter Jaconelli would have been interviewed under caution and a file of evidence would have been submitted for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    Information has already been referred by North Yorkshire Police to Operation Yewtree, the national investigation into allegations regarding Savile’s activities.”

    3 April 2014

  23. kim bell April 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Way to go Mr Ward, absolutely shocking but brilliant x

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