JIMMY SAVILE RULED PAEDOPHILE RING
North Yorkshire police say two women have come forward alleging they were sexually abused in the resort by the BBC star in the late Sixties and late Eighties.
Two other women contacted Scarborough’s local paper last week saying officers interviewed them in 2003 while investigating a paedophile ring which focused on young girls on the seafront.
They were not abused but both said Savile’s name was mentioned to them by the officers. One said police also mentioned two other businessman, former Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli and arcade boss Jimmy Corrigan, both now dead.
North Yorkshire police have urged both women to contact them as they probe allegations about Savile, whose flat in the town is being sold.
Peter Jaconelli was a larger than life character who ran a hugely successful ice cream business with several restaurants. Known as Scarborough’s Ice Cream King, he died in 1999, aged 73.
|I have no comment whatsoever. It’s a load of ********!|
|Peter Jaconelli ‘s nephew|
Jaconelli had a 50ins girth and guzzled his way into the Guinness Book of Records by downing 512 oysters in 48 minutes and 42 seconds. In the BBC TV show Savile’s Travels, the DJ and 21st Jaconelli went on to the mat for a judo session.
Jaconelli’s nephew Ronald said from his Scarborough home last night: “I have no comment whatsoever. It’s a load of ********!”
Jimmy Corrigan’s son James said: “I do not believe this allegation. I have never seen any evidence of this at all. I have canvassed quite a bit of opinion from my father’s old friends. I have spoken to our old family lawyer who was retained between 1970 and 2000 who was also a personal friend. I asked him if my father had ever been implicated or questioned. He said ‘absolutely not’.
“It is a very serious allegation and my father is not here to defend himself. It is deeply shocking. Anybody who has been close to Savile is almost guilty by association it seems.
“I am very willing to be available to the police if and when they feel they need to contact me. I am shocked, stunned and upset about this. ”
Following an investigation in Scarborough in 2003 two men were jailed for abusing girls in the Eighties. John Thomas White was jailed at York Crown Court in 2004 for 20 sex offences involving two girls aged nine. Another man, Brian Rutter, was later cleared on appeal.
During that investigation there was local gossip about Savile but he was never interviewed.
Once feted as a hero, Savile is now reviled and there is relief in the town that his former seafront home overlooking the esplanade is on the brink of being sold for £200,000.
It is understood a family have offered well over the £170,000 asking price for the apartment at Wessex Court, where Savile’s memorial plaque was taken down after it was daubed with the words “rapist” and “paedophile”.
Neighbours said the flat was a “shrine” to the memory of Savile’s mother Agnes, “The Duchess” .
Yesterday Savile’s former next door neighbour Brenda Ryland said: ‘‘He was a monster who had us all fooled.”
Savile’s unmarked grave is in Scarborough’s Woodlands Cemetery, where Jaconelli was buried.
The DJ now lies in a pauper’s grave following the removal of his £4,000 triple headstone and his epitaph: “It was good while it lasted.”