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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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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


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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.

Woman knocked to ground in attempted robbery

E-fit of suspect in attempted robbery. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to trace after a woman was knocked to the ground in an attempted robbery in North Yorkshire.

The victim, who was 41, was walking her dog in Thirsk when a man approached her and knocked her over, demanding she handed over her phone.

When she told him she didn't have one, he fled towards the A19 flyover.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Teenager assaulted outside York school

A 15 year old girl has been assaulted as she left Joseph Rowntree School in York. The teenager was approached by a man as she left the school grounds alone at around 4pm, Friday 28 November.

The girl fought back and bit the man on his hand. When she told him to leave her alone he walked away in the direction of Haxby Road and did not speak to her.

The girl was physically unhurt but very shaken and was seen by a paramedic at the school as a precaution.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late twenties, of thin build with dark circles under his eyes. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with yellow writing on the front with the hood pulled up, dark coloured trousers with white stripes up to the knees and dirty white trainers. It is likely that he will have a cut to his hand where he was bitten.

North Yorkshire Police has praised the victim's bravery.

Extra police patrols are in the area and officers are asking pupils, parents and local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity.

Police support anti-terrorism campaign

Police forces across the region have offered their support to a national campaign tackling terrorism in the UK.

Targeted police operations are taking place across the North East and North Yorkshire in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help fund or support terrorism.

It coincides with the launch of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from November 24 - 30.


Police experiencing 101 number problems

Police forces across the region have announced they are currently experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency telephone system.

While this number is not available people are asked to use the following contact details for non-urgent calls to the police:

  • Cleveland Police - 01642 326 326
  • Durham Police - 0345 6060 365
  • Northumbria Police - 01661 872 555
  • North Yorkshire Police - email

The emergency 999 number is not affected.

North Yorks police warn non-emergency 101 line not working

North Yorkshire Police is one of at least nine other forces that is warning the public that their 101 number is down.

The service issued the warning via twitter earlier today.

One force has said that the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".

The emergency number 999 however is still in use.

North Yorks police appeal for owner of lost sheep

The sheep was found near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in Ripon are asking the owner of a lost sheep which was found wandering near the city to get in touch. The Suffolk tup was found in a garden of a house next to the A61a week ago on Monday. The animal, which is believed to be around 18 months old, has a tag in its right ear and a marking in its left ear. It is now being looked after by a local arable farmer. PC Gareth Jones, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"There are no sheep farms in the local area and so it is possible that the tup has escaped from a passing vehicle. If you have any information which could to reunite the sheep with its owner please get in touch with the police as soon as possible.”

– PC Gareth Jones, North Yorkshire Police
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