Police probed Savile as part of Scarborough paedophile ring

View of Scarborough seafront, where a paedophile ring is believed to have operated in the '70s and '80s.
View of Scarborough seafront, where a paedophile ring is believed to have operated in the '70s and '80s.

Two women claim police officers quizzed them about Jimmy Savile as part of a probe into a suspected paedophile ring that was operating in Scarborough in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Both women, who contacted the Scarborough News separately, said they were visited by detectives in 2003 and questioned about the group, that was believed to have operated around the seafront arcades.

They said police were linking two prominent businessmen to the investigation and were told Savile was also a suspect.

One source, who was a young girl at the time the abuse was alleged to have taken place, said: “A police man came to my house and asked me about events that happened and Savile’s name was mentioned. I asked him about this and he said he couldn’t say anything and nothing came of that. I hope it now makes people come forward.”

However, when the Scarborough News contacted North Yorkshire Police, it denied any record of an investigation taking place.

A police spokesman said: “We can only go by the information we have available, therefore it is not possible for North Yorkshire Police to verify or comment directly about the two anonymous victim accounts given to the Scarborough News.

“Since the serious allegations about Jimmy Savile were publicised nationally two weeks ago, we have carried out extensive searches of force records which did not reveal a local connection.

“However, following the coverage, we have had two women come forward about alleged sexual offences committed by Savile that occurred in Scarborough in the late 1960s and the late 1980s.

“We strongly urge the two anonymous women to contact the police straight away to assist the ongoing national inquiry into allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile, which is being co-ordinated by the Metropolitan Police.”

Meanwhile, the Leeds-based Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust have closed.

Despite considering a name change, the trustees said the charities would always be linked to Savile and they could “not see a future” for either.

In a statement, they said it was “with great sadness” they had decided to bring both charities to an end and all their funds would be distributed to other causes.

“The trustees have already chosen how to distribute the funds in each charity and have decided not to publicly announce who the recipients will be. It will be for each charitable organisation to decide whether to publicise any donation received. No future requests for funding will be considered,” they said.