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