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Savile 3: The BBC Connection

Savile 3: The BBC Connection

third of three short bulletins on developments in the Savile investigation, by Tim Hicks

(Click on these links to see bulletins One and Two)


The Metropolitan Police Operation Yewtree has published information showing offences by Force area and the key abuse locations in England and Wales.

We have added to this information:

  1. The locations of Savile’s various homes.
  2. The locations of six of his closest friends that appeared on BBC Television.
  3. The information on Savile’s and Jaconelli’s activities in the Scarbrough & Whitby area developed by Real Whitby.

The complete data is reproduced in the table at the foot of this article.

As you will see, Savile’s offending is centered around five areas where he lived, worked and had friends, in the Metropolitan, West Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and North Yorkshire Police areas.

The Scarborough Ring

According to remarks made by local people, Scarborough Councillor and then Mayor Peter Jaconelli was well known for being a paedophile in Scarborough and may even have been convicted of this.

His offending was centered around boys who worked in his icecream parlours in the summer, or who attended his Ippon Judo Club in Scarborough, which he set up with another man, Norman Grundy, in the 1950’s. Grundy was a bona fide martial arts exponent, but it is alleged he was “used by Jaconelli as a legitimate front man …. for this the finical side of the Ippon Judo Club was secure I have no reason to believe he was involved in any way to Jaconellis kiddy fiddling but the kiddy fiddling was known by everyone”. 

Jaconelli also arranged summer schools to study karate (then in its infancy in the UK) at a local hotel.

One of Jaconelli’s victims has commented, thus:

I still remember the feelings of disgust and the feeling of trepidation of something going to happen whenever he was about.  Contrary to what I read the Ippon judo club started in Nelson St not Huntress Row.  My clear memories of the judo club relating to Jaconelli were he was no more a black belt than our cat.  He was there for one reason and it had nothing to do with judo but more to do with boys.  He would ask the boys to try and throw him with a throw which required the thrower to back into him ( shoulder throw ect ).  If you ever met him you would know he had a low centre of gravity and about as wide as he was high , needless to say for a young lad difficult to move.  I think changing time was one of his favourite time were he could come in and ogle at the lads cracking stupid sex related comments but just laughing them off.”

“I worked down on the foreshore at one of his ice cream hamburger shops.  The same feeling of trepidation abound whenever he visited the shop.  More sex related comments to both boys and girls again trying to laugh them off.  Running the gauntlet seems to cover picking up your wages in his very small office , trying to avoid his wandering hands and the compulsory rubbing by you and like most of us tried to go there in numbers but he used to get quite pissed off when this happened.  After work he used to take the later workers home but everybody wanted to get into the back of his van definitely not the front were the wandering hands were full on , fighting him off the whole trip while he jokingly tried to drive with one hand and laugh it off as a joke.”

“I for one had told him in no uncertain way to F  off on many occasion but it did not seem to bother him , he might stop then but he must have had a short memory because a new day a new opportunity.  I believe his actions were common knowledge but I have no idea why he was allowed to get away with it.”

I grew up in Scarborough during the ’60′s and 70′s. Peter Jaconelli was a well known local character and kiddy fiddler. He only employed young lads between 13 and 15 and it was well known that he liked to touch them up often offering money for them to go somewhere private with him”

Our correspondent then goes on to name another member of the Scarborough ring, closely connected to Jaconelli, whom he also alleges abused boys in an icecream parlour: 

“If you were unfortunate enough to work for him (and he only employed boys) he would sit in his alcove unseen and watch you. He was well creepy and was always asking you if you liked ice-cream. I know, I worked for him for a season. He was quite touchy-feely and only stopped when I told him to leave me alone. No-one ever questioned them yet the police must have known about their antics. Horrible horrible men.

Another correspondent has commented:

“Jaconnelli’s history goes back further than the early 70,s, when I was in junior school, 1955-1960, he ran the Ippon judo club on Huntriss Row, all of a sudden all the parents took their kids out and it closed, practically overnight. Obviously I was very young and didn’t know what was going on but some years later I discussed it with one of my old school mates from that time who used to go there.  He said his parents stopped him going because something had happened but he didn’t know what, and it was closed down that same week. I may be barking up the wrong tree here but the vast majority of the membership of that club were kids 7 to 15 years old”.

In Savile’s 1976 autobiography, Love is an Uphill Thing, he openly admitted using his caravan to have sex with underage girls describing being among a group of naked young girls in his caravan – “we all resembled some great human octopus”.

He also describes how two mothers complained, after their daughters had spent the night there with Savile and another man. We cannot identify which flat this was or the other paedophile, but it must give some idea of what Savile was up to quite openly at his flats, including the one in Scarborough.

The connection of the Scarborough Ring to the BBC.

It has been alleged that children were abused on BBC premises by Savile and other men.  A number of Savile’s friends took part in BBC programmes and were invited to BBC premises.  Peter Jaconelli for instance appeared three times on BBC television.  It is not clear if this was in London, Manchester or both studios.  It should be stated that some of his friends had no convictions and are unconnected to any offences by Savile.  Nevertheless, they all visited BBC premises.

However, one of his victims has alleged that Savile used the TV programmes to procure children for use by other paedophiles in his dressing room, where they would commit sexual offences watched by other men brought in by Savile for this purpose.

We have evidence that Savile used agents in Scarborough to procure under age boys and girls for his “Set” there.  It must surely therefore be a concern that Savile used his position in children’s TV to procure children for those of his friends (who were that way inclined) to abuse, when they appeared on his programmes.

Summary of the Scarborough Ring, the most successful in British policing history

Despite being known to local people and apparently to North Yorkshire Police as a paedophile, Jaconelli was nevertheless able to operate in Scarborough with impunity for all of his time there, probably from before the war, but certainly from 1955 – when he founded the Ippon Judo Club –  until his death in 1999.

To quote Nigel Ward, who encountered Savile and his entourage in the 1960s:

“I expect you will be unsurprised to learn that I have this [allegations of paedophilism at the Ippon Judo Club] from several sources. Once again we must ask the question: since so many of the rumours about Savile were so widely circulated, how can it possibly be that such perfunctory investigations as were conducted by NYP remained ignorant of the common word on the streets and in the pubs? Were Scarborough Police never on the streets or in the pubs? Didn’t they have friends and relatives who were?” 

If Savile is Britain’s most prolific sex offender, then Jaconelli was certainly its most successful, so two of the highest profile paedophiles in British history both operated in Scarborough, under the noses of the Police with impunity.

So two of the highest profile paedophiles in British history both operated in Scarborough, under the noses of the Police with impunity for about fifty four years.

It gets worse . . .

Had Jaconelli been arrested in the 1960’s, it could have led to the entire gang being rolled up and prevented hundreds of offences being committed.  Although Scarborough Police must have known what was going on, nothing was done, probably because of Jaconelli’s status and influence. Instead, the major figure in the Scarborough ring (Jaconelli) was elected as a Councillor and then Mayor, made the face of advertising for tourism for Scarborough and then an Alderman!:


Like Jaconelli, Savile (Britain’s most prolific paedophile) was made an honorary Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough . . . by the former head of Scarborough Police.

Which may be why Councillor Tom Fox (who was that Police Officer) will not answer Nigel Ward’s eminently reasonable question:

Would the Leader confirm or deny that, as a former ranking Police Officer in Scarborough, and as long-serving leading Councillor since that time, he was aware that elements within the Authorities were cognisant of concerns of the gravest nature in respect of the activities of Sir Jimmy Savile, yet nevertheless played a leading role in the lavish civic honours bestowed upon a man now widely reviled as the worst and most degenerate sexual predator in the Borough’s history?”

tight-lipped_tom_see_no_shipsMany years ago I watched a film called “Catch Me If You Can” with Leonardo diCaprio about the fraudster Frank Abignale and the way he ran rings around an FBI agent called Hanratty (Tom Hanks), whilst embezzling millions of dollars from just about everyone that crossed his path. Although fraud is wrong, you couldn’t help but admire Abignale’s skill and the way he humiliated Hanratty for two years, before finally being caught in Paris in 1968.

But you just couldn’t invent this.


Information from Operation Yewtree Information from Open Sources

by Police Force

Savile Abuse sites and offences Locations Friends by location(s) indicating access to BBC
Metro-politan 43
BBC TV Centre
23 Flat, Regent’s Park,

Camper at BBC-TV Centre
Great Ormond Street Hospital 1
WestYorks 34 Leeds General Infirmary 16 Flat, Roundhay Park, Leeds Mr Alan Franey
St James Teaching Hospital 1 Jimmy Corrigan (d. 2000) visitedLeeds and ran with Savile there BBC
Wheatfields Hospice 1  
  Dewsbury Hospital 1  
Thames Valley 30 Stoke Mandeville Hospital 24 Flat, Stoke Mandeville Hospital  
Broadmoor 1 Flat, Broadmoor Hospital Mr Alan Franey BBC
Wycombe General Hospital 1  
GreaterM’chester 14 Flat, Bury New Road, Salford  
Flat, Great Clowes St, Salford Mr Ray Teret BBC Radio
NorthYorks 8 Flat, Filey Road, Scarborough Mrs Agnes Savile (d.1972)And Mr Ray Teret(occasionally)prior to 1972  
Flat, Esplanade, Scarborough  
Cararvan at Scarborough
Arcades Jimmy Corrigan (d2000) BBC
Jaconelli Icecream Parlours
Peter Jaconelli (d1999)  
Ippon Judo Club (Savile did not visit) BBC
Surrey 8 Duncroft School 11  
Notts 7 Saxondale Mental Health Hospital 1  
Devon &Cornwall 5 Exeter Hospital 1  
Jersey 5 ‘Haut a la Garenne’Children’s Home 1  
Dorset 4 Flat, East Cliff, Bournemouth Peter Jaconelli? (d. 1999) BBC
Beds 3  
Essex 3  
Hants 3 Portsmouth Royal Hospital 1  
Lancs 3  
Merseys 3 Ashworth Hospital 1  
St Catherine’s Hospital 1  
Sussex 3  
Hertfs 2  
North Wales 2  
N’umbria 2  
South Wales 2  
Strathclyde 2  
Avon & Somerset 1  
Cleveland 1  
Derbyshire 1  
Fife 1  
Grampian 1  
Guernsey 1  
Kent 1  
Lothian & Borders 1  
South Yorkshire 1  
Wiltshire 1  
Northern 0 Cottage at Glencoe  
Unknown 18  
GrandTotal 214 NB –Principal sites in bold 86 NB –Known abuse sites in bold  

Operation Fernbridge

If any reader has information they wish to pass on to the Metropolitan Police investigation into the activities of Cyril Smith, they should contact:

The Operation Fernbridge Incident Room on 020 7161 0500.

Operation Yewtree

If any reader has information they wish 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

indicating they are doing so pursuant to the Real Whitby investigation.


Related reading:

All Real Whitby ‘Jimmy Savile’ articles


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  1. Margaret S February 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Hope everyone is keeping up with all this?……..if not here is…….

    A “Short Update” summary…….

    There was at very least 6 in a satanic paedo ring operating in a Whitby Dungeon for 50 years…….

    Adams…..White……Rutter…..bondage……torture……satan……and Whitby…….all disappeared from the story after people point out discrepancies, doubt an inaccuracies in this theory……..

    Now it’s a ring of 3……

    Now the Scarborough Council hating Corrigan’ or Batley Lord Corrigan connection is looking extremely doubtful……….looks like all the Corrigans’ are off the hook……….

    Now it’s a ring of 2……..

    Only Jaconelli left in the ring with Saville……

    Maybe just maybe they worked independently…..due to different tastes……

    Possibly a ring of 0?

    Just 2 perverts who lived in the same town?

    It’s all been very amusing…..speculation and wild goose chases…….but now you have finally cornered the actual offenders, Savile and Jaconelli…… albeit tarring a few innocent bystanders along the way……..can you please get back to what you are really really good at…..Council bashing……..

    • Ellie Preston February 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      My uncle was from Scarborough and was in the police for 20 years. Some of that time was in Scarborough. I’ve just asked him about all this and if he knew. He said I should put the story straighton here as long as I don’t name him.

      He only met JImmy Savile once and thought he was very odd when he met him and couldn’t work him out at all.

      He says everyone knew about Peter Jaconelliand he was nicked for it.He wasn’t in s ting because he was too greedy and he only liked
      He met JImmy Corrigan quite a few times (not as a suspect or anything like that). He says he was very down to earth.

      He never heard anything bad about Jim C other than he hated the council officials like the man says. He says he was responsible for some of them having to retire early.

      He says it ess funny that councillors used to ask him to find out what was really happening in their own council. If he didn’t know he would find out for them. Apparently he wasn’t wrong very often.

  2. rod mathers February 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Margaret S.

    Mr Hicks has not speculated about the number of participants at any of the locations. Where do you get the number 6 from?

    Mr Hicks has not named anyone called Adams. Where do you get that name from?

    Mr Hicks has not mentioned Batley. Where do you get that from?

    It is not Mr Hicks who has tarred innocent bystanders along the way. It is the foolish people who read too much (or too little) into his carefully framed reports and rashly post their own interpretations.

    You mention wild goose chases. Tut, tut! Why then have you introduced all these red herrings?

    • Margaret S February 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Dear Rod

      Type “Savile” in the search box……….start at bottom of page 2…… backwards (chronologically)…….it may take time to read the 15 or so articles and comments…….click on the links from posters as well……..

      You will see that the figure 6 is correct…… naming or references that any person with local knowledge can identify as individuals……Adams has indeed been clearly identified independently by commenters from his description…….

      You will also see that many posters submit very reasonable points that would cause a rational reader to question their possible involvement…..or not……

      Please do not interpret my comments as the words of an apologist……..They are not………..however things certainly are not as certain now as they were………

      I have, however done my fair share of Jury Service……….I try to have an open mind and ask is this “beyond reasonable doubt?”

      And before you ask………one was guilty and one acquitted……….

      My interest is Scarborough Borough Council and it’s leader……..let’s focus on wrongdoing that we can do something about! What does HE know?

  3. ML Walker February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    This article belongs to be firmly alongside the transcripts of the Pendle and Salem witchtrials in the 1600’s. Whatever next, ‘spectral evidence’?

  4. kathleen parker February 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Margeret S its not just about the vile actions of Savile,Corrigan and Co.Its also about WHY were they allowed to get away with it? The police in Scarborough must have known or at least heard the whispers? If they had acted then just maybe hundreds of kids would have escaped their evil hands!

    • ML Walker February 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      One can see the concept of evidence is completely alien to you. Hearsay, rumour, gossip … call it what you will, is not evidence.

    • Tim Thorne February 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Living locally I’ve heard plenty of gossip about Jaconelli’s antics, not nearly as much about Savile, but nothing about Corrigan. Scarborough is too small a place for Corrigan to have gotten away with what has been written about him without half the town knowing about it. I don’t believe any of the stuff posted about Corrigan.

  5. Nigel Ward February 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    It may be helpful to some readers to distinguish between the following words:

    TESTIMONY, noun.

    Testimony is a species of evidence; it refers only to evidence received through the medium of witnesses.

    EVIDENCE, noun.

    Evidence, on the contrary, includes all means by which a fact at issue is established or disproved; thus, EVIDENCE may include documents, and tangible objects such as photographs, or film/video.

    Unlike EVIDENCE, the word PROOF should be applied “to the effect of the EVIDENCE, and not to the medium by which truth is established”.

    Tim Hicks may not feel at liberty to publish ALL of the information in his possession (for reasons which I would gave thought obvious), which is perhaps why he takes considerable care in choosing his form of words.

    I hope this is helpful. I cannot say more.

    • ML Walker February 9, 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

      For a testimony to be accepted it has to withstand scrutiny which usually takes the form of cross-examination in court. Until that happens a testimony is little more than an unsubstantiated opinion, belief or worse.

      l’m afraid that goes for whatever other information Mr Hicks may or may not have.

    • ML Walker February 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      @Nigel, you seem to be the spokesperson for Mr Hicks as l’ve noted a couple of comments where Mr Hicks has asked you to comment on his behalf. Would you please clarify as to why Mr Hicks does not comment himself? l find it somewhat odd that he does not do so.

  6. StJohn February 9, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

    The comments above, by Real Whitbys own journalist, Tim Thorn, speaks volumes to me, as he lives in Scarborough.

    Comments made in the previous story by Mr Hicks, “scarborough,leeds,manchester”, have me now questioning my initial conclusions.

    My thoughts are, have people reputations been damaged without 100% certainty?

    • Tim Thorne February 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      “The comments above, by Real Whitbys own journalist, Tim Thorn”

      I’m not a journalist, just an occasional blogger. There is much happening in the area that never gets reported in the news, which is why I post the odd article.

      • StJohn February 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply


        I am genuinely sorry for my mistake (and for incorrectly spelling your name). I had seen your name, amongst others, at the bottom of Real Whitby web site pages and came to a conclusion, the wrong one.

        Like Mr Hicks, I too looked at the evidence and assumed what I thought was correct.

        My incorrect assumption is quite ironic in this context. It just shows how easy it is to be wrong be when considering the facts.

        This raises another question though. Is Mr Hicks a journalist or a blogger?

  7. rod mathers February 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    My thoughts are, have people’s reputations been damaged without 100% investigation? Mr Hicks is wise to choose his words carefully, so as not to compromise the Yewtree investigation. Was Mr Thorn in Scarborough fifty years ago? If not, he will have missed the talk on many people’s lips. When I think I can smell a gas leak I call up the gas company and ask them to investigate.

    • Tim Thorne February 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      “If not, he will have missed the talk on many people’s lips.”

      So, what you’re saying is that there was much talk of Jimmy Corrigan committing certain crimes during 60s? What about during the 70s, 80s and 90s? Sounds like you should be talking to Yewtree if you have information.

  8. StJohn February 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Having re-read the last few Savile article again, for the 3rd time now, I have noticed another fact that proberbly is only asumtion.

    You stated Jaconelli ‘used Saviles flat in Bournemouth’. This raises the questions;

    “How can you be sure he on trial in Bournmouth and not elsewhere?”

    “IF his trial was in Bournemouth, how can you be sure he used Saviles flat?”


    “IF his trail was Bournemouth AND he did use Saviles flat, would he risk abusing minors during that trial?”

  9. ML Walker February 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Having read through all the comments on all the articles l’ve noticed that some posters simply disappear. Whilst this may be their own choice but one has to wonder if some are being moderated out or indeed banned. ln the interests of transparency and fairness l would advocate that posters supply an e-mail address when posting as l have done. lt does not need to be a personal one, you can easily create a new one. On an issue as contentious as this one, free speech has to be seen to be in place. That does not mean abusive comments are to be accepted but that does not mean valid concerns and questions regarding the articles could be censored too. l’m not saying the authors are doing this but by supplying e-mail addresses gives posters the confidence that this debate is transparent by being able to contact each other.

  10. markey February 12, 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

    I was a teenager during the mid 80s.

    Jaconelli’s ‘preferences’ were very well known.
    Never heard anything about Corrigan. My gut feeling is that Corrigan might have had a lot of women on the go but they were all consenting adults. as they say.

    Never heard of the Whitby Satanic dungeons. Without hard evidence I would guess its probably an over-active imagination. I would sinserly love to see some pictures of the local great + good going all Rosemary Baby – but I doubt it.

    One suprising thing of the whole Scarborough-Savile nexus is no mention about the Coates family:

    I’d never really heard anything until the case went to court. They had lots of rentals and were accepting rent in kind. Apparently they took the kind from some kids too, which undid them.

    One of them was pciked up in connection to the murder of Vicki Glass:

  11. Dave A February 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I worked as a 15-year-old dishwasher for Peter J. in the South Bay shop in the summer of 1959 – 15 shillings a day! Although I certainly knew the rumours, I don’t remember him ever trying anything with me. Later, I spent two summers working as a “key man” in the Corrigans at the bottom of Blands Cliff – I never heard or experienced anything bad about Jimmy.

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