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Council bosses in North Yorkshire react to funding cut

Council bosses in North Yorkshire are to face a funding reduction of £21 million following the financial settlement for local government.

Officials say major savings are still required, and that a rise in council tax remains necessary.

"It confirms the accuracy of our planning, and emphasises the extremely difficult and challenging predicament in which we find ourselves."

– County Councillor Carl Les, the County Council’s Deputy Leader

The County Council is on track to save £94m over the four years ending in March 2015, and the announcement today confirms that it will have to find a further £73m over the next four years.

Scarborough mayor was 'prolific sex offender'

Chris Kiddey reports on the revelations that the disgraced broadcaster Jimmy Savile and a former Mayor of Scarborough could have faced child abuse charges stretching over 40 years if they'd both still been alive today. North Yorkshire police has apologised to 35 possible victims.

Child abuse charges stretched over 40 years

It has been revealed that Jimmy Savile and a former Mayor of Scarborough could have faced child abuse charges stretching over 40 years if they had both still been alive today.

North Yorkshire police has apologised to 35 possible victims of Savile and Peter Jaconelli because officers missed opportunites to investigate them. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Police apologise to alleged victims of Jimmy Savile and former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli

North Yorkshire Police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile and one of his friends after concluding officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men when they were still alive.

Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli Credit: Calendar

North Yorkshire Police made the apology after an investigation into the activities of Savile and the former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli. The report says there would have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting them.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

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Savile victims were 'routinely ignored' by police and others

Lawyers representing 169 of Jimmy Savile's alleged victims have said complaints against the late TV presenter were "routinely ignored" amid his "systematic reign of abuse".

They welcomed an apology from North Yorkshire Police over the force's handling of complaints against the late TV presenter - but urged the government to learn from the past.

The victims will take some comfort from the apology.

Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.

Hopefully, we are learning the lessons of the past and no one will ever get away with the systematic reign of abuse Savile did.

– Jessica Standley, Slater & Gordon
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Police blame 'organisational failure' in Savile handling

'Organisational failure' - not misconduct - was to blame for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile, police chiefs have claimed.

It comes after an investigation into North Yorkshire Police's handling of claims by the force's professional standards department found relevant information was not passed on to HM Inspectorate of Constabularies or the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission).

'Organisational failure' is blamed for failures in officers' handling of allegations against Jimmy Savile Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Kennedy said the department was now continuing to investigate further issues surrounding investigations into Savile and his friend, then-Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli, during the 80s.

[The investigation] concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct but there was evidence of organisational failure, with a number of lessons to be learned which have now been rectified for the future.

Whilst there were failings to report some relevant information to the HMIC and IPCC, there is no evidence to suggest North Yorkshire Police failed in its responsibility to support Operation Yewtree, the national investigation concerning Savile.

– ACC Paul Kennedy, North Yorkshire Police

The IPCC has already announced that one serving detective sergeant has been served with a misconduct notice and is under investigation.

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