Savile’s ‘Freeman’ honour to be removed

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Jimmy Savile will have his Freeman of the Borough status formally removed at the next Full Council meeting on January 22.

Cllr Tom Fox, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “I have now read the ‘Giving Victims a Voice’ report released today by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC in relation to the findings of Operation Yewtree and I will be discussing the contents of the report with our council’s cross-party group leaders.

“My immediate consideration is that the abhorrence of each and every substantiated allegation is such that a most important responsibility of Scarborough Borough Council is to ensure a motion is presented to our next Full Council meeting on 22 February to remove Jimmy Savile’s Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough honour and ensure his name is permanently removed from all records of the honour.

“We must also acknowledge the courage of and empathise with Savile’s victims and indeed those who were preyed upon by others who came forward to reveal horrendous abuse.”