Savile's Scarborough honour to be removed

Jimmy Savile's name will be removed from the list Photo: Jon Hill

Jimmy Savile's name is to be removed from Scarborough's list of Freemen of the Borough.

Councillors have voted to delete his name from the role of honour as a gesture of support to his 300 alleged victims.

There was also an unsuccessful call to exhume the disgraced presenter's body and cremate it following complaints from the distraught family of a child who is buried in a neighbouring grave.

The council will decide whether to permanently scrap Savile's Freedom of the Borough status when a Metropolitan Police investigation concludes.

Leader of the council, Mr Tom Fox, who raised the motion to delete Savile's name from the honours board at a town hall meeting, said it was the first time such a move had been proposed in Scarborough.

He said:

We have some very serious issues, serious allegations and indeed the quotes we've heard from the Metropolitan Police don't use the word 'alleged'.

They actually describe Jimmy Savile as a serial, predatory paedophile.

I think it was most appropriate that the council, at least in the first instance, considered removing it from the board.

– Councillor Tom Fox, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council
The sign is going to be taken down Credit: Jon Hill

The late star was awarded the accolade in November 2005 to celebrate his links with the North Yorkshire resort, where he owned a second home and was buried overlooking the sea a year ago.

The wooden plaque listing Scarborough's freemen - which adorns the town hall lobby - will be taken down and sent away to be changed.