Honours of late mayor in sex claims removed

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THE LATE Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli has been stripped of his civic honours – just over a month after police revealed that he would have been interviewed under caution over alleged child sex offences if he were still alive.

Members of Scarborough Council voted yesterday afternoon to remove honorary alderman and mayor status from Jaconelli, who died in 1999 aged 73.

The ice cream entrepreneur’s name will also be taken off the honours board at the town hall.

Council leader Tom Fox has previously stressed the local authority’s support for the victims of sexual offences and praised their courage in reporting such crimes.

North Yorkshire Police said last month that a number of people had been identified who claim they were victims of Jaconelli, a friend of the disgraced TV and radio star Jimmy Savile. Officers also issued an appeal for people with information about Jaconelli to come forward if they had not yet made contact with the police.

The North Yorkshire force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the way it responded to past child sex allegations levelled against Jaconelli and Savile.

Leeds-born Savile, who had close links with Scarborough, was exposed as one of the UK’s most prolific paedophiles following his death aged 84 in 2011.

Councillors in the seaside resort subsequently backed a motion calling for the removal of his name from a town hall board listing people who had been made freemen of the borough.

Signs marking a footpath in the town named Savile’s View were also taken down, along with a plaque outside the shamed entertainer’s old home.