Jimmy Savile’s body will not be exhumed from his grave in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, the star’s family have confirmed.
A statement released on the family’s behalf by funeral directors Joseph A. Hey and Son, of Bradford, said there were “no plans” to exhume their relative’s remains.
It reads: “Jimmy Savile’s family have today confirmed that there are no plans to exhume him from his grave in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough.
“A representative of the family said: ‘Now that the headstone has been removed and his grave has been returned to its natural state, our sincere wish is for the dignity, peace and sanctity of the cemetery to be preserved.’”
Funeral director Robert Morphet, who has been working on behalf of the family, told the Scarborough News what a difficult time it had been for Savile’s relatives.
He said: “The family have now suffered a second bereavement - they’ve not just lost their uncle, but also his reputation.
“Just three weeks ago they were celebrating the unveiling of his memorial.
“Recent events have caused immense distress. I don’t suppose any of us can put ourselves in their position and imagine how they must feel.
“We just want to help the family as much as we can.”