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.
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
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.
'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).
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.
The IPCC has already announced that one serving detective sergeant has been served with a misconduct notice and is under investigation.
Staff at a seal rescue centre have issued an urgent appeal after a healthy seal pup was delivered to their door in a taxi.
The anonymous beachcomber who delivered the grey seal pup wrapped in a coat could inadvertently have separated it from its mother, Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary has warned.
“She also risked a nasty bite and possible infection,” said the Sanctuary’s displays supervisor Lyndsey Crawford.
I was a bit stunned to be summoned to the car park to retrieve this pup from the back of a cab, and in my eagerness to get it wrapped in towels and safely indoors I didn’t have time to take any details of the lady’s name or number,” said Lyndsey.
She was clearly an animal lover and had the best of intentions, but we soon realised the pup was fit and healthy.”
Pups will quite often haul out on the shore while their mums are searching for food, but they are rarely left on their own for more than an hour or so.
Lyndsey and a colleague immediately raced the pup back to the local beach where it was found, and are confident they were quick enough to ensure it was safely reunited with its mother.
The incident prompted them to issue an appeal for anyone who sees a lone pup on the shore to watch from a distance and to call either the Sanctuary or the RSPCA if they become concerned.
Scarborough Council have agreed to contribute £135,000 to help host the Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race in 2015.
Aiming to capitalise on the success of this year's Grand Depart in Yorkshire, the race has already attracted interest from giants of the sport in Sky and Shimano.
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