BREAKING: Jaconelli could be stripped of council honours

Town Hall Picture Richard Ponter 1401012b
Town Hall Picture Richard Ponter 1401012b

A former Scarborough mayor - the late Peter Jaconelli - could be stripped of his alderman status at the next Full Council meeting of Scarborough Council.

The matter has been added to the agenda for the May 12 meeting after council leader Tom Fox called for it to be discussed.

Cllr Fox took the decision in light of a statement by North Yorkshire Police, which said that if Peter Jaconelli were alive, he would have been brought in for police questioning over child sex abuse allegations.

Cllr Tom Fox said: “I am pleased that North Yorkshire Police has now referred the matter of the conduct of its investigations into the late Jimmy Savile and Peter Jaconelli to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“This is a mature and responsible action and hopefully will grow public confidence in how matters have been dealt with.”

Cllr Fox added: “Now the police have stated that if Peter Jaconelli was alive today he would have been interviewed under caution – a criminal interview – and a file submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service which is the ultimate decision-maker for taking people to court, I am confident to say that this leaves me in no doubt that the evidence relied on comes from victims who are creditable, truthful and most reliable.

“On that basis I am engaging councillors with a view to bringing forward a motion at the next Full Council meeting for a permanent resolution in respect of his Alderman status and certain other matters.”