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Watchdog to Investigate North Yorkshire Police Handling of Jimmy Savile & Peter Jaconelli Investigations

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7:50pm 3rd April 2014
(Updated 12:59pm 4th April 2014)

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.

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. 

North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan has issued a statement saying:

"After identifying a number of issues, voluntarily referring the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was the right thing to do. I am confident that, having ordered an external peer review of North Yorkshire Police's processes, the Chief Constable has acted promptly and robustly on receiving the interim findings from that report. We must now wait for the IPCC to determine what happens next. 

“In the meantime, on behalf of the public and victims, I want to reiterate our commitment to ensuring they receive the best possible service. The issues raised centre around historical allegations and internal processes. I am confident that the force is dealing with them and they continue to provide an excellent service to the public and victims on a daily basis.”

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