Savile: The Jaconelli Ring and Rampton

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Savile: The Jaconelli Ring and Rampton

The Jaconelli Ring and Rampton

  •  – an almost-forgotten 1972 Jimmy Savile interview backs up Corruption Buster Tim Hicks’ Savile/Rampton/Scarborough sortie allegations.



Following on from the Express article by James Murray and Mark Branagan which alleged that Savile was investigated by North Yorkshire Police as being part of a paedophile ring in 2003, that allegedly involved two prominent businessmen in Scarborough, Mayor Peter Jaconelli and Arcade Boss Jimmy Corrigan.

I have previously identified that Jaconelli and Corrigan visited the BBC at Savile’s request.

I am now able to confirm the connection of Jaconelli, Savile and Corrigan to Rampton Secure Mental Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

Jaconellis Meetings With Patients From Rampton

The official position of the authorities at Rampton is that Savile visited patients in the 1970s but it had not received any complaints about him.  However, according to an article published in the Sunday People in 1972:



  • Jimmy Savile did have access to patients from Rampton.
  • On one occasion in 1971 he took nine vulnerable mentally retarded patients to Scarborough by bus.
  • On another in 1972 he took twelve vulnerable mentally retarded patients by train from Repton Railway Station to Scarborough
  • On the first occasion they were entertained by Savile and his Worship the Mayor (thought to be Jaconelli) in his Council Offices.
  • On the second they were given money by Jimmy Corrrigan and taken to his amusement arcades, then taken by Jaconelli in one of his ice cream parlours from which members of the public had been excluded.

Savile’s appointment was “Honorary Entertainments Officer at Broadmoor”. He had no official position at Rampton, so if he wanted to take mentally-retarded patients to the seaside, why not take them from Broadmoor to the nearby South Coast?

Why organise an excursion for patients at Rampton – an institution he had no responsibility for – to Scarborough?

Councillor Geoff Evans and others have stated that Savile’s friend Peter Jaconelli’s paedophile activities were well known to the Police in Scarborough and they left him alone because of his status as Mayor.



If this is so it would have provided a completely benign environment for Jaconelli and his associates at Scarborough, to do whatever they wanted without fear of any interference from the police.

Hence perhaps the reason that Savile spent so much time in Scarborough, even after the death of his mother Agnes in 1972.

The Sunday People article confirms that Savile took patients from the safety of a secure controlled environment at Rampton to visit his close friends Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Corrigan. The patients did not meet anyone else.

They were taken to Jaconelli at his Council offices in 1971.  During the 1972 visit they met him at one of his ice cream parlours (where Jaconelli is alleged to have routinely committed sexual offences) and from which the public had been specifically excluded, thereby ensuring that there were no witnesses to what happened.

The conclusion is therefore inescapable that Savile chose to take patients from Rampton to Scarborough in preference to taking patients from Broadmoor because:

Rampton is closer to Scarborough and where the other members of Jaconelli’s ring were located.

Scarborough was Savile’s preferred place to offend because Jaconelli’s status ensured they could operate safely without fear of arrest.

The sole reason behind both trips was to move vulnerable people to Scarborough to Jaconelli.

Given the allegations against Jaconelli and Savile, the concern must be that it is highly likely that the patients were abused on both visits, possibly even in the Mayor’s Council Offices.

North Yorkshire Police are alleged to have known all about Jaconelli and his offending at his ice creamparlours and the Ippon Judo Club for some considerable time before the 1970’s.

I understand that standard procedure is to notify the police that a party of several “potentially violent” prisoners from a secure mental hospital would be in the force area, so presumably North Yorkshire Police knew all about these visits and probably consented to them.

The Police must therefore have been fully aware as early as 1972 of Savile’s close association with Jaconelli and Corrigan, and that Savile had transported vulnerable patients to Jaconelli at a private location Jaconelli had previously been suspected of committing sexual offences at.  Hence perhaps the Police interest in Jaconelli, Savile and Corrigan in the 2003 paedophile investigation.

This makes the force statement on the matter:

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

and its failure to provide any intelligence on Savile to Surrey Police following enquiries from that force in 2007, even more concerning.

The Implications Of The New Evidence

This has some serious implications for a number of organisations.

Because of his celebrity status, the publicity and investigations have focused on Savile “Britains most prolific paedofile”.  Scarborough and Jaconelli have until now been largely ignored by everyone except the Express and Real Whitby.

Jaconelli was the key player who provided Savile with a benign environment for his abuse in Scarborough at a number of locations we have identified in Scarborough where he could act with impunity.

In return, Savile rewarded Jaconelli and the other members of his ring with access to vulnerable hospital patients, trips to the BBC (with further opportunities for abuse of children) and free publicity.

  • Operation Yewtree will now have to consider that Scarborough was a key location for Savile’s offending and that he operated there in a ring with Jaconelli, -who operated as a pedophile from at least 1955 until his death in 1999 -with police acquiescence.  Unquestionably Jaconelli was “Britains most successful paedophile”, receiving (incredibly) the Honorary title of Alderman from Scarborough Borough Council for his services as a Councillor and Mayor, despite everyone knowing he routinely abused children.
  • The Investigation by Ms Kate Lampard QC into Savile’s abuse at the NHS will now have to consider if Savile abused patients from Rampton -previously thought to have avoided his attentions- himself and also transported them to other abusers.
  • Scarborough Borough Council must now face up to the possibility that Savile and Jaconelli abused vulnerable people in the Mayor’s office on Council premises.
  • HMIC and the IPCC will now have to consider why North Yorkshire Police did not make any of their intelligence on Savile and Jaconelli available to Surrey Police’s Operation Ornament, following an enquiry from them asking for information on Savile, which could well have led to Savile’s arrest.

The Response Of The Authorities

This has validated the concerns we have raised about Jaconelli’s relationship with Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and particularly North Yorkshire Police.  They have also been raised in the national press, so one would think there would be a denial or at least some reaction from the Authorities concerned.  However, -incredibly- the response has been a THUNDEROUS SILENCE:

  • Chief Constable Tim Madgwick has not issued any statement denying these grave allegations.
  • Scarborough Council Leader Tom Fox (also the Officer commanding Policing in Scarborough before his retirement) during the time that Savile and Jaconelli were actively committing offences has not responded to Nigel Ward’s question submitted on the 18th of February:

“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?”

  • Mr Trevor Harrington has not had any response from SBC to his Formal Complaint about Jaconelli requesting that Jaconelli is stripped of his Aldermanship, which was submitted on the 13th of February 2013.  It has simply been ignored.
  • None of our requests to confirm whether or not officers of North Yorkshire Police attended Savile’s Friday Morning Club in Leeds, or any other social functions with Savile have received a response from West Yorkshire or North Yorkshire Police.
  • As yet, none of our Freedom of Information Requests have been answered.

A policy of simply maintaining a right to silence in the face of grave and well documented allegations of misconduct is contrary to the public interest.  I would again appeal for a full and open statement from North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council on what they knew about Jaconelli and an apology.

In particular: the application of Mr Trevor Harrington for Peter Jaconelli to be stripped of his status of Alderman, that Scarborough Borough Council is ignoring and should be responded to.


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.


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  1. Julian Armitage March 24, 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    This is too serious a set of allegations to be either ignored locally or indeed nationally.Guilt is implied by silence and complicity by inaction.
    The implication that a paedophile ring abusing mentally unstable people using Scarborough Council offices are above the law because of the importance of those involved and the complicity of those in authority, because that is what turning a blind eye is, is such an outrage to decency and the law.
    SILENCE is not an option for the authorities to take.

  2. DKP March 24, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Councillor Fox has been praying this would go away. It won’t. It now has a double-page spread in today’s Sunday Express. We should be putting up banners welcoming Operation Yew Tree to St Nicholas Street, Scarborough.

  3. admin March 24, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    That will explain why the Sunday Express have been on the phone to us this week. Just proves who is reading the site.

  4. kathleen parker March 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    If we knew as kids about Jaconelli and Corrigan then surely the police knew? Its time to end the guilty silence!

    • Tim Thorne March 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      I never heard anything about Corrigan and have seen no evidence. As for Jaconelli, it would have been quicker to round up all the people in Scarborough who were not aware of his reputation.

  5. Jon Risdon March 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    More excellent investigative reporting by Tim Hicks. Well done.

  6. Richard Pearson March 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Responding to requests under the FOI is a legal requirement, so why not take legal proceedings against SBC, NYCC, NYPA and any other persistent offenders. We could ask our local MP Robert Goodwill
    to take up the matter, giving him the opportunity to do something for his constituents, for the first time since he took up office!

  7. Joan McTigue March 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    How long has Cllr Evans knnown about this?

  8. sarraceniac March 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    This is very interesting. I knew Jaconelli well and knew of his reputation but it was largely a joke around Scarborough with parents letting their sons go and work for him because nobody thought it was dangerous. Jaconelli, unlike Savile was well known for showering gifts on his ‘marks’. One guy I knew, now sadly deceased, a singer in a rock band, used to joke ‘I am broke and I need £x. I’d better go and see PJ’. He was well known as a good looking bisexual. I asked this question on here once before but presumably either nobody thinks it was important or nobody knew (presumably there are no devout Romans coming on to RW). Why did Jaconelli go to mass regularly as any devout RC should but always sat at the back and never took communion, even at Easter. I have found what I think is the answer on the ‘Catholic Answers’ website. Apparently you are not allowed to take communion unless you are in a state of grace. There is far more on that site but the nitty gritty is:

    ‘A mortal sin is any sin whose matter is grave and which has been committed willfully and with knowledge of its seriousness. Grave matter includes, but is not limited to, murder, receiving or participating in an abortion, homosexual acts, having sexual intercourse outside of marriage or in an invalid marriage, and deliberately engaging in impure thoughts (Matt. 5:28–29). Scripture contains lists of mortal sins (for example, 1 Cor. 6:9–10 and Gal. 5:19–21). For further information on what constitutes a mortal sin, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.’

    My theory is that PJ’s strict Scottish Italian Catholic upbringing would not let him take communion unless he was ‘in a state of grace’ and he was not. There is no other explanation why the clan leader of a devout Italian Catholic family would never take communion. To not attend mass would have been unthinkable as would taking communion unless he had no unexpurgated sins. This is more than just a theory, it fits.

  9. Joan McTigue March 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I know many catholics (like myself) who do not take communion – for reasons of their own. Then again I have seen non-catholics take communion – such as the late labour MP Stuart Bell. What amazes me is all this has come to light and has been put in print – AFTER the man is dead.

    • sarraceniac March 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Just wonder what his reasons were, any ideas?. After all, the rest of his extended family did and still do. And it did come to light before he was dead. Just couldn’t be talked about before he died. He was rich enough to sue and was pretty good with threats (from personal experience). Most of us aren’t rich enough to defend. Perhaps you believe that Savile was innocent too? After all he was a ‘good’ Catholic.

  10. Joan McTigue March 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Savile nnocent – don’t be ridiculous.

  11. Joan McTigue March 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    You cannot lose if you have plenty of evidence to back up your claims and according to what is stated on here – most of Scarborough knew what was going on.

  12. Rosemary P M March 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I remember a visit like this one. Savile came to Scarborough with a big group of patients, nurses and helpers. It was well organised & orderly when they visited my place of work for lunch. It would have been impossible get up to no good with this amount of people about!

    Perhaps he was just doing good for once?

    • Stakesby Legs March 25, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

      What? Fifty years a paedo and you’re saying “don’t be so hard on him, praps he was just having a day off?”

      Coffee time!

      • sam May 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

        Stakesby legs demonstrates why Rosemary or anyone else cannot stray from the prescribed narrative that Savile is guilty as alleged (but NEVER investigated not even under Operation Yewtree).

        To even question the fact that police failed to investigate (even the dead deserve justice) or offer as Rosemary has the simplest anecdote in which she poses a not very dramatic question :’Perhaps he was just doing good for once?’ brings hints of condemnation.

        During the Salem Witch Hunts when numerous women were placed in the unenviable position that they die either way- innocent or ‘guilty’, special punishment was reserved for those who questioned the Witch Hunt. Just as those with no power who questioned the McCarthy Witch Hunts in the 1950s had their careers destroyed, we see it now where anyone who dares question the prescribed thinking on Savile is silenced.

  13. Mike Preece March 26, 2013 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Thanks to David Icke’s inclusion of this story on his website this story will be going global.
    Why don’t you enlist something like AVAAZ to get your story heard or petition your local M.P. Collaborate with other whistle-blowers on the Savile debacle. Get ‘crowdsource’ to help you fund a high-level governmental enquiry.
    Doing nothing is not an option.
    The western world is slowly waking up to the ubiquitous deception and deceit that has been elected to represent us.
    We’ve all had enough of lies and corruption. You are not a whispering village in medieval England. You have global attention and we are all supporting you…Now go kick-ass!
    Mike: New Zealand

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  17. Macki November 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I can say with absolute certainty that savile did take Rampton patients to Scarborough one more than one occasion. . I can also say with the same degree of certainty that escort nurses on these Savil trips turned a blind eye to what Savile was up to with the patients,

    I can also say that sexual abuse run rife in rampton until the documentary exposure in the late 70′.

    There is/was a discussion going on about the abuses on the needleblog

  18. Tim Hicks November 8, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Dear Macki,

    Thanks for your comments, also for your courage and integrity in speaking out.

    I have separately confirmed that Nottinghamshire Police conducted a series of investigations at Rampton and convicted a number of members of staff for sexually abusing the patients in the 1970´s and this completely verifies the comments you have made.

    Best regards,


    • Tim Hicks November 8, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

      I have been asked to point out that the convictions referred to above were for physical abuse. There is one current case concerning allegations of historic sexual abuse of a patient by a member of staff at Rampton.


  19. Tim Hicks November 8, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    The Secretary of State for Health has confirmed that two hospitals in Nottinghamshire are being investigated in connection with Jimmy Savile. One of them is Rampton.


  20. E Rhodes April 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    My husband in 1970.. aged 14 was offered a job at Peter Jaconelli’s ice cream parlour on the foreshore.
    Jaconelli knew his parents, also Catholics and attending St Peters Church.
    He stayed there only a few weeks saying he could not tolerate working there… Jaconelli used to sit behind the counter on a chair and as the boys passed he touched them… they all passed with their backs towards him to try to avoid anything happening.

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