SAVILE/JACONELLI: Yewtree/Hibiscus Scarborough Paedophile-Ring Time-Line
- Crime and Parliamentary affairs correspondent TIM HICKS reports on the latest amazing revelations about the Jimmy Savile/Peter Jaconelli paedophile ring that was active in North Yorkshire from about 1947/51, with the full knowledge of North Yorkshire Police, until Savile’s death in 2011.
There have been a number of major developments over the last two weeks in Real Whitby’s ongoing investigation into paedophilism in Scarborough. These are:
- Yesterday it was announced that the Police have started an investigation into Sir Cyril Smith, who was a friend of Jimmy Savile and whom we have established visited Scarborough: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27183369
- MP Simon Danczuk, who did such a good job in unmasking Savile-associate and paedophile Sir Cyril Smith MP, has now indicated that he may use parliamentary privilege to unmask a former MP who is much more important than Sir Cyril Smith. We believe this man is known to Real Whitby. We are watching developments with interest
- Real Whitby witness ‘M’ has come forward, explicitly confirming to North Yorkshire Police Operation Hibiscus that Savile-associate Jaconelli was a paedophile who offended acting in joint enterprise with Savile, and this was known openly in Whitby and Scarborough.
- North Yorkshire Police have asked Real Whitby for assistance in its investigation into Jimmy Savile, Peter Jaconelli, another man and their associates. A representative of Real Whitby has had a useful and productive meeting with Officers from the North Yorkshire Police OPERATION HIBISCUS team.
- We have confirmed that Sir Cyril Smith visited Scarborough and although we have no evidence that he committed any offences during his visits, this cannot be excluded until the police complete a cold case review.
- As well as bringing vulnerable patients from Rampton to meet Jaconelli and another member of the ring in Scarborough, we understand Savile also visited Skegness in Lincolnshire with patients from Rampton.
Regular readers of Real Whitby will know that over the last eighteen months we have consistently alleged that Jimmy Savile operated in a paedophile-ring in Scarbrorough and Whitby, with Peter Jaconelli and others – some of whom may still be alive and could still be prosecuted. We have also alleged that North Yorkshire Police was responsible for the four most important failures to arrest Savile:
- The failure to arrest Jaconelli, from 1947/51 to 1999 which would surely have led the police to Savile. Arresting Savile may also have led them to Smith, but we will now never know.
- The failure to investigate complaints about Savile in Scarborough from at least the 1970’s until his death in 2011, which would have led to his arrest and prevented decades of offending.
- The failure to arrest Savile as a result of the allegation North Yorkshire Police now admits it received in about 2003 or even earlier.
- The failure to pass on the intelligence to Surrey Police in 2007 that North Yorkshire Police now admits it had in at least 2003 (as Real Whitby has consistently alleged), which ensured the failure of the Surrey investigation. Again, had it been passed on, it would probably have led to Savile’s arrest, but would inevitably have revealed that North Yorkshire Police had protected Jaconelli for years, because he was a Councillor, Alderman, the Mayor, a millionaire and a prominent local business man – something North Yorkshire Police were obviously at great pains to avoid.
The response of North Yorkshire Police was a very effective cover-up, which has meant that it has unfergone no external investigation or public criticism for its failings.
Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross produced a report into the failure of North Yorkshire Police to arrest Savile, Jaconelli or the other members of the ring in which she ignored all evidence to the contrary, to exonerate North Yorkshire Police from any responsibility for this failure.
Following the broadcast of the BBC Inside Out Documentary (All BBC coverage of Real Whitby here) which proved conclusively that Jaconelli was a paedophile and quoted witnesses that confirmed that North Yorkshire Police knew all about him – as alleged by Real Whitby – a new investigation, Operation Hibiscus, has had to be launched, effectively quashing the investigation by Assistant Chief Constable Cross. This is the fourth investigation into Savile and Jaconelli in Scarborough and will run for several weeks, rather than the nine working days that Cross took. In depth analysis of the Cross Report here.
North Yorkshire Police have now explicitly conceded that the allegations Real Whitby made were accurate and that former Mayor Councillor Peter Jaconelli was a paedophile. Real Whitby has made new evidence available to North Yorkshire Police Operation Hibiscus that irrefutably verifies that Savile and Jaconelli offended together in a ring, as we have always alleged. However, in addition to threatening to arrest one of our journalists, North Yorkshire Police has also initiated information warfare against Real Whitby by withdrawing the contact from its Corporate Communications Department we previously enjoyed, withholding a press release, ignoring freedom of information requests and ignoring correspondence.
Access to and abuse of, children and vulnerable adults, either singly or with other paedophiles in a ring:
|Physically fit, ex-miner, wrestler, night club bouncer. Known to have imprisoned young people in a boiler room at his club and then beat them.||Big, powerfully built and agile.||Big, powerfully built and agile. Judo black belt.|
|Rapist of male and female children and adults.||Rapist of boys.||Alleged by one witness that has come forward to Real Whitby to have raped a man.|
|Abused a patient at the Whitby Memorial Hospital.|
|Abused children in his caravan at Cayton Bay, possibly in conjunction with another man.|
|Alleged to have kerb-crawled in Whitby and abused youths he procured from a burger-bar with Jaconelli.||Alleged to have kerb crawled in Whitby and abused youths he procured from a burger-bar with Savile. Also alleged to have paid them for their services.|
|Abused children at his flat in conjunction with another man|
|Alleged to have used rent boys in Leeds|
|Abused children at Broome House Children’s Home Manchester as a member of a paedophile-ring there||Abused children in the Elm Tree Guest House in London as a member of a paedophile ring there|
|Abused children at TV studios||Visited Savile at TV studios||Visited Savile at TV studios|
|Employed young people through a factory whom he abused||Employed children and young people at his ice-cream parlours whom he abused|
|Had keys to gain access to vulnerable patients in Broadmoor whom he abused||Had keys to gain access to vulnerable young people in Knowl View Residential Home. Abused them in conjunction with a ring of about eleven other men that he led||Director of Cambridge Center|
|Abused vulnerable young people in Cambridge House Boys Hostel.|
|Introduced to Scarborough schools and given access to schoolchildren by Jaconelli.Abused vulnerable young people in Dunscroft school.||Governor of 29 schools in Rochdale. Abused children there. Big, powerfully built and agile. Known to have (1) spanked and (2) severely beaten up boys and adolescent youths.||Governor of schools in Scarborough. Abused boys there and at his Judo Club. Introduced Savile to Scarborough Schools, giving him access to the children.|
|Had group sex with girls at Leeds with another member of the Scarborough ring|
|Controlled Broadmoor and had keys to access vulnerable patients whom he abused|
|Savile provided access to sedated patients from Rampton to Jaconelli and another member of the Scarborough ring who gave them money. Jaconelli, Savile and the other man then took them to the ice-cream parlour while the public were excluded.|
|Stayed over at Scout camp in Doncaster with camper van and another man from the Scarborough ring|
Offending on this scale, they could not possibly have been unknown to the police. Every schoolboy and parent in Scarborough certainly knew about Jaconelli and Witness ‘M’ has confirmed they offended relatively openly in Whitby and Scarborough.
So why weren’t they arrested?
How they escaped exposure during their lifetimes and for some time afterwards, and how they were finally exposed
| JIMMY SAVILE
|| CYRIL SMITH
||ASSOCIATE MEMBERSof the S’borough Ring|
|Stayed in Scarborough at:1. Foley Street, next to the May Lodge Children’s Home.2. The Esplanade. 3. Caravan in Cayton Bay. Visited Whitby alone and with Jaconelli||Believed to have visited Scarborough in 1954, 1958, 1960 and 1963. Visited Scarborough in 1975, when he was a close friend of Jimmy Savile.||Lived in Scarborough, visited Whitby on his own and with Savile||Some lived locally. Some visitors to Savile, including a convicted paedophile and a man previously accused of rape.|
|North Yorkshire Police: According to one witness who has come forward to Real Whitby, Savile was reported to NYP in the 1970’s. However, no action was taken.||North Yorkshire Police: According to one witness, Jaconelli was reported to NYP in the 1950’s. Multiple complainants were alleged on the BBC. Also alleged to have had multiple convictions. However, all complaints were ignored.|
|Lancashire Police: Knew about Smith’s offending in the 1950’s Arrest repeatedly prevented on multiple occasions by the Chief Constable and others|
|Metropolitan Police Special Branch: Interfered in the Lancashire Police CID investigation into Smith to prevent his arrest|
|Lancashire Police: Smith’s case was referred from CID (where it belonged), to Lancashire Police Special Branch (because of Smith’s special protected status) to stop the investigation and prevent any prosecution.|
|MI5: Unlawfully removed files of evidence from Lancashire Police Special Branch to prevent Smith’s arrest by interfering in a criminal investigation|
|Lancashire Police Special Branch: Unlawfully turned over files from a criminal investigation into Smith to MI5, which had no jurisdiction over it.|
|West Yorkshire Police:Failed to arrest Savile, although one former Police witness has confirmed that it was aware of his offending|
|Metropolitan Police: Ignored Smith’s offending in the public toilets at St James’s Park|
|CPS: Failed to prosecute Savile, despite having enough evidence||CPS: Failed to prosecute Smith, despite having more than enough evidence|
|North Yorkshire Police 2003 or earlier: Failed to arrest or investigate Savile as a result of a complaint it now admits it received about him.|
|North Yorkshire Police 2003: Failed to arrest or investigate Savile as a result of intelligence it developed on him during the major 2003 investigation into a paedophile-ring that operated in Scarborough||North Yorkshire Police 2003 or earlier: Failed to confirm allegations publicly or to carry out cold case review, as a result of intelligence it developed on Jaconelli (deceased 1999) during the major 2003 investigation into a paedophile-ring that operated in Scarborough||North Yorkshire Police 2003 or earlier: Failed to confirm allegations or to carry out cold case review as a result of intelligence it developed on one other member of the ring (by then deceased), during the major 2003 investigation into a paedophile-ring that operated in Scarborough|
|North Yorkshire Police 2008: Failed to pass on intelligence it had gathered in 2003 and/or earlier on Savile to Surrey Police in 2007, thereby causing the investigation to fail||North Yorkshire Police 2008: Failed to pass on intelligence it had gathered in about 2003 and/or earlier on Savile to Surrey Police in 2007, thereby causing the investigation to fail. Also failed to alert Sussex Police that he was a known associate of a known paedophile (Jaconelli), thereby preventing any further enquiries into Jaconelli|
|North Yorkshire Police 2008: Failed to pass on intelligence it had gathered in about 2003 and/or earlier on Savile to Sussex Police in 2007, thereby causing the investigation to fail. Also failed to alert Sussex Police that he was a known associate of a known paedophile (Jaconelli)||North Yorkshire Police 2008: Failed to pass on intelligence it had gathered in about 2003 and/or earlier on Jaconelli to Sussex Police in 2007, thereby causing the investigation to fail. Also failed to alert Sussex Police that he was a known associate of a known paedophile (Jaconelli), thereby preventing any further enquiries into Jaconelli|
|North Yorkshire Police 2012: Issued statement that it had conducted an investigation and found that Jimmy Savile had no connections to North Yorkshire, thereby ensuring he and his associates in Scarborough would be excluded from the IPCC and HMIC investigations.||North Yorkshire Police 2012: Issued statement that it had conducted an investigation and found that Jimmy Savile had no connections to North Yorkshire, thereby ensuring no external scrutiny of his associates and what NYP knew.||North Yorkshire Police 2012: Issued statement that it had conducted an investigation and found that Jimmy Savile had no connections to North Yorkshire, thereby ensuring no external scrutiny of his associates and what NYP knew.|
|North Yorkshire Police 2012: (1) Completely excluded itself from the IPCC investigation into Jimmy Savile on the basis of false assurances that he had no connection to Scarborough|
|North Yorkshire Police 2012: (2) Completely excluded itself from the HMIC investigation into Jimmy Savile on the basis of false assurances that he had no connection to Scarborough. As a result, (3) North Yorkshire Police completely excluded from any mention in the Home Secretary’s statement to Parliament, which was based on the HMIC investigation|
|31.10.12. Real Whitby first alleges that Savile offended in Scarborough and Whitby in a paedophile-ring operating openly and known to North Yorkshire Police|
|North Yorkshire Police 2013: Ignored Freedom of Information request on Jimmy Savile and refused to comment on whether or not it had searched his flat or caravan||North Yorkshire Police 2013: Ignored Freedom of Information request on Peter Jaconelli||North Yorkshire Police 2013: Ignored Freedom of Information request on one other member of the ring|
|North Yorkshire Police 2013: Did not investigate or search Savile/Jaconelli/ring sites||North Yorkshire Police 2013: Did not investigate or search Savile/Jaconelli/ring sites|
|Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Ignored witnesses and intelligence information to deny Jaconelli’s offending in her 2013 investigation.||Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Ignored witnesses and intelligence information to deny existence of a ring in her 2013 investigation.|
|Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Did not appeal for witnesses or conduct a cold case review to ascertain any unresolved offences in the Scarborough area from 1960 onwards, which could have been committed by Savile.||Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Did not appeal for witnesses or conduct a cold case review, which would have then opened up all the complaints made about Jaconelli and possibly unresolved ones he committed from 1947/51 onwards.||Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Did not appeal for witnesses or conduct a cold case review, which may have revealed offending by the other members of the ring.|
|Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, North Yorkshire Police 2013: Failed to liaise with Greater Manchester Police over one possible member of the ring who was a convicted paedophile|
|North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick 2013: Threatened to arrest Real Whitby reporter for alleging a cover-up in the North Yorkshire Police Savile investigation – allegations that were subsequently proven to be correct||North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick 2013: Threatened to arrest Real Whitby reporter for alleging correctly that Jaconelli was a paedophile and had been protected by North Yorkshire Police – allegations that were subsequently proven to be correct||North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick 2013: Threatened to arrest Real Whitby reporter for alleging (correctly) that a paedophile-ring had operated in Scarborough|
|Metropolitan Police 2013: Withheld any mention of the 2003 investigation from Operation Yewtree||Metropolitan Police 2013: Withheld Smith’s name from Operation Yewtree report, although he was an associate of Savile and should have been included in Strand 2||Metropolitan Police 2013: Withheld Jaconelli’s name from Operation Yewtree report although he was an associate of Savile, featured in the 2003 investigation and should have been included in Strand 2||Metropolitan Police 2013: Withheld any mention of the Scarborough ring, or the 2003 investigation, from Operation Yewtree report although they were associates of Savile and should have been included in Strand 2|
|2013 Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes of Lancashire Police: Confirms that “the reason Cyril Smith, Jimmy Savile … got away with ….. serious, serious prolonged sexual exploitation of young people, was because leaders who had responsibility to do something, did not do it. They turned a blind eye. Buried their heads in the sand”.This statement by a senior police officer of renown replicates and vindicates Real Whitby criticism of North Yorkshire Police’s failure to arrest Savile, Jaconelli and the others.|
|Scarborough Borough Council: Ignored abuse allegations against Jaconelli long after it was clear they were accurate and tried to close down Real Whitby.|
|North Yorkshire Police 2014: Ignored witness evidence from victims who had contacted SBC and had their details passed on by SBC|
|Metropolitan Police (Lead Force on Operation Yewtree) 2014: Failed to intervene when it became clear that the Cross report was unreliable. Another classic example of “leaders who had responsibility to do something, did not do it. They turned a blind eye. Buried their heads in the sand”.|
|North Yorkshire Police 2014: Ignored Freedom of Information request on Jimmy Savile||North Yorkshire Police 2014: Ignored Freedom of Information request on Peter Jaconelli||North Yorkshire Police 2014: Ignored Freedom of Information request on one other member of the ring|
|IPCCC 2014: Failed to intervene when it became clear that the Cross report was unreliable. Another classic example of “leaders who had responsibility to do something, did not do it. They turned a blind eye. Buried their heads in the sand”.|
|3 April 2014: As a result of pressure from Real Whitby and the BBC, North Yorkshire Police voluntarily refers itself to the IPCC: Referral is over the way it responded to an allegation it received over a decade ago about Jimmy Savile and about independent allegations made on the BBC about Peter Jaconelli. The referral also relates to whether any information NYP 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.North Yorkshire Police confirm the Real Whitby allegation that Savile-associate Peter Jaconelli was a paedophile is correct.|
|8 April 2014. North Yorkshire Police initiate its fourth known investigation into Jimmy Savile and his associates codenamed OPERATION HIBISCUS: This and the voluntary referral to the IPCC (above) explicitly recognises that the Cross investigation has been quashed as unreliable.It also explicitly vindicates the criticisms Real Whitby has made of North Yorkshire Police’s failure to arrest any of the members of the longest-running and most prolific ring of rapists and sex offenders in British criminal history, that offended openly in Scarborough for over fifty years with the full knowledge and acquiescence of North Yorkshire Police.|
|Simon Dancyuk MP and Matt Baker publish their book “Smile for the Camera: The double life of Cyril Smith”. Comprehensively exposing him as a paedophile and bully.|
Finally, we provide an update for OPERATION HIBISCUS.
|Date||Savile||Jaconelli||Other members of the Scarborough Ring|
|10.02.14||BBC Inside Out: Broadcasts Real Whitby allegations about Peter Jaconeilli and a police cover up in a documentary.|
|14.02.14||North Yorkshire Police: Issue appeal for witnesses to Jaconelli’s offending to come forward|
|19.02.14||HM Inspector of Constabulary Drusilla Sharpling: Writes to Real Whitby confirming that as a result of the submissions to her made by Real Whitby, she has directed North Yorkshire Police to make further enquiries into the allegations made by Real Whitby.|
|Statement 03.04.14||Chief Constable Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner Mulligan: Issue a statement formally confirming they have referred North Yorkshire Police to the IPCC over:
|In the same statement, Chief Constable Jones confirms that Jaconelli was a paedophile. (As alleged by Real Whitby for eighteen months).|
|In the same statement, Chief Constable Jones confirms that information has been passed to OPERATION YEWTREE|
|Statement 08.04.14||North Yorkshire Police: Issue statement announcing launch of OPERATION HIBISCUS|
|North Yorkshire Police: Issues appeal for witnesses to Jaconelli’s offending to come forward to OPERATION HIBISCUS in the statement|
|08.04.14||North Yorkshire Police: Retaliates against Real Whitby for forcing it to re-open the Savile and Jaconelli investigation, by withholding the official press release from Real Whitby. North Yorkshire Police later commented that Real Whitby had been excluded because we are not on its list of official press contacts. However, this had not prevented the release of information before.|
|09.04.14||Information passed to North Yorkshire Police concerning allegations of a crime which may or may not be associated with Savile, Jaconelli or their associates|
|15.04.14||Real Whitby contacted by OPERATION HIBISCUS, to arrange meeting to obtain:(1) Specific evidence concerning the matter passed to North Yorkshire Police on 9.04.14 by Real Whitby.(2) “Information that persons who contribute written items to a news website known as “Real Whitby” are in possession of. Such information potentially indicating the identities of victims of , or witnesses to, offences reportedly committed by Jimmy Saville , Peter Jaconelli, [name redacted by Real Whitby] and associates”.|
|22.04.14||Meeting held between Witness ‘M’, a representative of Real Whitby and officers of OPERATION HIBISCUS.|
Real Whitby has forwarded the appeal for information from North Yorkshire Police to the witnesses we have developed. We are not a police-bashing publication. We will always will cooperate with the police and assist them in their duties to protect the public. Despite the hostility we have had from North Yorkshire Police, over the past eighteen months we have:
- Sent a representative to London to be interviewed by officers of the Metropolitan Police and made available evidence we had collected to Operation Yewtree.
- Given evidence to officers of the Metropolitan Police from Operation Yewtree in Whitby for about a day.
- All of the evidence generated by Real Whitby was subsequently forwarded to North Yorkshire Police by the Metropolitan Police.
- Made evidence available to the investigation by Rampton Secure Psychiatric Hospital into the visits of patients to Jaconelli organised by Savile.
- Most of the witness information Real Whitby has generated has been published and is available to North Yorkshire Police from our website. We are aware that North Yorkshire Police monitor the website and that we have an active following amongst many North Yorkshire Police Officers.
- Met with officers from Operation Hibiscus and made evidence available to them.
- Assisted North Yorkshire Police by publishing appeals for information in respect of Operation Hibiscus and contacting witnesses .
- Forwarded information on the Jaconelli ring to Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire and Lancashire Police.
- Assisted North Yorkshire Police by publishing appeals for information in relation to local criminal and missing persons investigations.
- Maintained a news black-out in respect of operational matters whenever requested.
However, Real Whitby will also criticise North Yorkshire Police whenever it is in the public interest to do so. The inexcusable failure to arrest Savile and Jaconelli, or to conduct an impartial investigation into this failure are cases in point.
It has been obvious for some time that North Yorkshire Police covered up for Jaconelli and Savile during their lifetimes and is trying to evade legitimate criticism and supress evidence over this failure. As a result Operation Yewtree, the IPCC, HMIC and Home Secretary’s statement to Parliament have not reflected the catastrophic policing failures in North Yorkshire and are all fundamentally flawed. We have still not got to the bottom of how Savile evaded arrest, nor of the Scarborough ring. This could be because some of the officers that served in Scarborough and Whitby police stations could end up facing public criticism or even criminal charges.
The response of North Yorkshire Police has led to an understandable reluctance by the public to come forward to give evidence and the consequent emergence of Real Whitby as a vehicle for witnesses to come forward by publishing their evidence. As a result of this lack of public confidence in North Yorkshire Police to investigate itself impartially, it will be impossible for it to now produce a credible response to these allegations, no matter how impartial or diligent the investigation team for Operation Hibiscus is.
The only credible option now is for another Force to be called in to conduct a full and impartial investigation that will be able to regain public confidence.
North Yorkshire Police were invited to comment on this article but did not.