Savile stripped of Freedom of Borough

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Scarborough Council bosses are meeting today to strip Savile of his freedom of the borough.

Savile's name was taken off the board displaying the names of people given a role of honour last year - when it was also agreed in principal that his freedom should be revoked.

This is the first time Scarborough Council has ever done this.

It comes just after it was announced an ex-policeman is being investigated over claims he "acted on behalf" of Jimmy Savile before the TV presenter was interviewed by officers.

The former police inspector is accused of contacting Surrey Police in 2009 during an inquiry into historical sex abuse allegations against Savile.

He has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by West Yorkshire Police.

Savile allegedly abused hundreds of people during 60 years in showbusiness.

After an ITV documentary - Exposure - was aired last year, police set up Operation Yewtree. Within a few months the number of alleged victims reached 589. 82% were female and 80% were children or young people.