Breaking News: Savile’s title to be stripped?

Jimmy Savile receives his Honorary Freeman badge.
Jimmy Savile receives his Honorary Freeman badge.

The leader of Scarborough Council has tabled a motion to strip Jimmy Savile of his Freeman of the Borough status.

Cllr Tom Fox is proposing to remove the title, that was awarded to Savile in 2005, pending the outcome of the Metropolitan Police inquiry into the sex abuse allegations made against the star.

In a report that is due to go before full council on Monday, Cllr Fox says: “This council wishes to send its heartfelt support to, and acknowledge the courage of those who have come forward having suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of the alleged serial predatory sexual offender, Sir Jimmy Savile.

“Whilst recognising the police inquiry continues, the revelations and public statements by the police leaves this council of the opinion that the removal of street signs and memorial plaque should be fully supported. It also supports the family’s actions in having the headstone on his grave removed.

“In addition, this council, in further acknowledgment of the serious predatory sexual allegationaps spanning over six decades, agrees that if the council had been aware of such revelations at the time of Sir Jimmy Savile’s nomination for ‘Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough’ the council would have refused it.

“It is therefore proposed that his name be removed forthwith from the Honour Board for ‘Freeman Of the Borough’ pending the final report from the Metropolitan Police, when this council will make a permanent decision in relation to the matters referred to in this notion.”

The motion has been seconded by Cllr Derek Bastiman.