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Police chiefs' 'great regret' as Savile victims get no justice

Police chiefs in North Yorkshire have expressed their "great regret" that they will not be able to get justice for the victims of Jimmy Savile and his friend after officers missed opportunities to pursue them while alive.

It comes as the region's police force issued an apology to those attacked and abused by Savile and then-Mayor of Scarborough Peter Jaconelli for failing to prosecute the pair in the past.

An investigation found there would have been Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Kennedy said an investigation had found there would have been "sufficient evidence" to consider charging the two men.

The available information indicates that, historically, the police missed opportunities to look into allegations against these men whilst they were still alive.

North Yorkshire Police apologises to the victims who made the brave decision to come forward during the past 18 months.

It is important that the victims have been able to make their allegations heard, and that their cases have been comprehensively examined by the police, regardless of the passage of time.

It is a matter of great regret that, from the outset of the investigation, there was no prospect of true justice being achieved as the suspects are deceased.

However, I hope the victims have gained a measure of closure from knowing that matters have now been investigated as fully as possible.

– ACC Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police


Sony cyber attack was 'state-sponsored by North Korea'

A cyber attack on Sony's film division was a "state-sponsored" attack by North Korea, Reuters news agency has reported, citing US government sources.

Officials say the White House was debating whether to publicly announce the findings by federal investigators.

The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen Credit: Reuters

It comes after the company announced it was cancelling the theatrical release of comedy The Interview, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, after hackers threatened a "bitter fate" for anyone who went to see the film.

A string of major US movie theatre chains pulled out of showing the film in the wake of the threats.

Police apologise for 'missed opportunities' to stop Savile

A formal apology has been issued to the victims of notorious sex offender Jimmy Savile as police admitted they missed a number of chances to investigate him while still alive.

North Yorkshire Police said an investigation into Savile and one of his high-profile friends, former Mayor of Scarborough Peter Jaconelli, had found there would even have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting the pair.

Police admitted they missed a number of chances to investigate Jimmy Savile while still alive. Credit: PA

A total of 35 people had come forward to lodge allegations against the two men, with five reporting offences by Savile between 1979 and 1988, ranging from sexual assault to rape.

A force spokesman said 32 reports were against Jaconelli, dating between 1958 and 1998 and ranging from inciting a child to engage in sexual activity to rape.


Russians panic-buy as the rouble plummets

Shops in Moscow were literally stripped bare as Russians try to offload their roubles before they become next to worthless.

The collapse of the currency could also have serious implications for Vladimir Putin's political position, according to one of the country's opposition leaders.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Moscow.

Who ordered the Pakistan school massacre?

More is now known about the Pakistani Taliban group who carried out the massacre in Peshawar and the man who ordered it.

Maulana Fazlullah also ordered the school attack in which Malala Yousefzai, almost lost her life.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports

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