Scarborough businessman: Savile allegations

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A Scarborough businessman has defended his late father against allegations of abuse connected to the Jimmy Savile investigation.

Arcade owner James Corrigan has spoken out after being contacted about the allegations, which appear in today’s Sunday Express.

Savile on the public benches at the top of McBean Steps next to Scarborough's Grand Hotel.

Savile on the public benches at the top of McBean Steps next to Scarborough's Grand Hotel.

The article refers to investigations into an alleged seafront paedophile ring in Scarborough dating back to the late 1960s.

The report contains a reference to former Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli and arcade boss Jimmy Corrigan.

It then goes on to give a response from James Corrigan, who states: “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. ”