Dame leading Jimmy Savile probe asks why BBC didn’t investigate him even though one of its own shows asked if he was a paedophile
- Dame Janet Smith is conducting a review into the BBC and Jimmy Savile
- Sources say she has already voiced her concern about the broadcaster
- Has asked why Savile was able to carry out widespread abuse at the BBC
- Says this is despite a Louis Theroux documentary hinting Savile was a paedophile in 2000
The woman leading an enquiry into how Jimmy Savile has asked why the BBC didn’t investigative claims even though one of its own TV shows asked if he was a paedophile.
Dame Janet Smith is conducting a review into how Savile was able to carry out sexual abuse of children and adults while at the corportation.
But investigative website Exaro says she has voiced her concern about why the broadcaster failed to realise what was happening, despite hints of paedophilia in one of its own programmes 15 years ago.
Investigative website Exaro has found the woman leading the enquiry into how Jimmy Savile abused children at the BBC, has asked why the claims weren’t investigated despite a programme hosted by Louis Theroux hinting Savile was a paedophile
They found that Dame Janet, a former Court of Appeal judge, has asked several BBC executives what enquiries were made about Savile as a result of a documentary about him presented by Louis Theroux.
In the programme, Mr Theroux explicitly referred to the ‘paedophile’ accusation against Savile, who at one time presented ‘Jim’ll Fix It.’
Sources at the BBC say that it is vulnerable to the accusation it failed to look properly into the allegation of paedophilia against Savile, even though Mr Theroux’s line of questioning was cleared for broadcast in 2000.
However, they were unable to say what Dame Janet had concluded about the episode, but are anticipating strong criticism.
One source also told Exaro that the enquiry was maintaining a firewall between itself and the BBC to prevent managers from discovering the findings.
Dame Janet Smith, who is leading a review into how Jimmy Savile was allowed to sexually abuse children and adults at the BBC
The Smith review has already questioned BBC executives over the exchange in the programme, ‘When Louis Met Jimmy’, in a section about Savile and children.
Smith has finished her review, and was planning to publish it in May.
But she has delayed publication after Scotland Yard warned her that it could prejudice active criminal investigations.
A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘At the time of filming ‘When Louis Met Jimmy’, neither Louis nor the BBC production team were aware of any specific allegations against Jimmy Savile.
‘However, Louis felt it appropriate to refer to the unsubstantiated rumours that had circulated about Jimmy Savile among journalists for years. The programme went through the normal BBC compliance procedures.’
Exaro also understands that Smith’s review will make an acutely embarrassing disclosure from BBC board minutes of more than 40 years ago.
The minutes are said to show that the board formally thanked Savile for acting as a spokesman for the broadcaster in rebutting a story about a BBC photographer who allegedly made sexual advances to young teenagers during a recording of ‘Top of the Pops’.
Savile presented this edition of the programme, which gave a run-down of the pop charts.
The News of the World was pursuing the story, but was headed off by Savile. The story never ran, for which the BBC board was very grateful.
Meanwhile, the BBC also faces accusations that it paid for legal advice for Savile to stop publication of accusations that he was a paedophile.
Alun Rees claimed in a Facebook post that when he was a reporter on the Daily Express it confronted Savile with the accusation, but that the BBC paid for legal advice for the celebrity, stopping the story from running.
Rees declined to comment to Exaro.
The BBC spokeswoman added: ‘Dame Janet Smith’s review has been commissioned to consider the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked here and has had our full co-operation.
‘We will await their full report, but we are not aware of any evidence that supports this claim.’
The BBC commissioned the inquiry in 2012. It engaged Reed Smith, the global law firm, whose London base is in Broadgate Tower. The law firm has devoted one floor of the building to the review.
The scandal of child sex abuse by Savile and by, Stuart Hall, another of the BBC’s stars, has rocked the broadcaster.
BBC’s Panorama, meanwhile, has been working on a programme to try to ‘debunk’ claims of a ‘Westminster paedophile network’.
However, as even official authorities increasingly acknowledge the scale of the scandal, Panorama has hit difficulties with the programme, and its planned transmission has been repeatedly delayed.
A police officer has no case to answer for misconduct over the mishandling of a complaint linked to Jimmy Savile
A police officer has no case to answer for misconduct following his handling of an allegation of abuse against Jimmy Savile more than a decade ago, the police watchdog has said.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated the conduct of the North Yorkshire Police detective sergeant, who was a detective constable at the time, in relation to claims first made by a woman in Scarborough in 2002.
In its report, the commission said that the woman, who was then 37, talked to the officer when he was involved in a wider historic child sex abuse inquiry.
She told him how, when she was 16, she went to Savile’s flat with a 15-year-old friend and there was some kind of sexual contact between the TV star and her companion.
The commission said the officer claimed the woman eventually told him that her friend would not make a complaint and refused to tell him any more about the girl.
Then, according to the report, the officer met with the woman again after Savile’s death in 2011. This time, she told him that she had lied about details of the incident she had described in 2002. She said she had actually been alone with the broadcaster and she had been under-age.
In a statement during the investigation, the officer said: ‘I asked her if she now wanted to make a formal complaint about what had happened with Savile, and she refused to do so.’
The IPCC said today it had concluded that the detective investigated ‘diligently and professionally’ in relation to this woman and also in relation to another case in which a prisoner made allegations to him about Savile’s friend and well-known Scarborough figure, the late Peter Jaconelli.
Its report said the woman was very supportive of the officer involved. But it did criticise the detective for not submitting intelligence reports.
IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley said: ‘North Yorkshire Police has previously admitted that they missed opportunities to look into allegations against both Savile and Jaconelli while they were alive.
‘Had intelligence information been better recorded it would have helped build up a picture of Savile and Jaconelli’s activities.
‘However in terms of a detective constable who had a primary role in both the investigations, we examined these omissions and found that, while of concern, they did not amount, in the view of the investigation, to a case to answer for misconduct.’
The commission said it also has an independent investigation under way into how North Yorkshire Police handled a report received in October 2000 from a man alleging, when he was a young boy in the early 1970s, that he was sexually assaulted at locations in the Scarborough area by Jaconelli, who died in 1999.
Last year, North Yorkshire Police apologised to victims of Savile and Jaconelli after concluding that officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the two men over alleged child abuse when they were still alive.
This followed an investigation which concluded there would have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting them.
The force said 35 people had come forward with allegations about the pair.
A spokesman said 32 cases related to Jaconelli, between 1958 and 1998, and included allegations of indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, gross indecency and rape.
In the case of Savile, there were five reported offences, from 1979 to 1988, which ranged from sexual assault to rape. Two people claimed to be victims of both men.
The spokesman said at the time: ‘Sufficient evidence has been uncovered to suggest that, had they been alive today, files would have been submitted for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding potential criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile, relating to young people.’
THE EXCHANGE BETWEEN LOUIS THEROUX AND JIMMY SAVILE
Louis Theroux: So, why do you say in interviews that you hate children when I’ve seen you with kids and you clearly enjoy their company and you have a good rapport with them?
Jimmy Savile: Right, obviously, I don’t hate ’em. That’s number one.
Theroux: Yeah. So why would you say that, then?
Savile: Because we live in a very funny world. And it’s easier for me, as a single man, to say, ‘I don’t like children,’ because that puts a lot of salacious tabloid people off the hunt.
Theroux: Are you basically saying that so tabloids don’t, you know, pursue this whole ‘Is he/isn’t he a paedophile?’ line, basically?
Savile: Yes, yes, yes. Oh, aye. How do they know whether I am or not? How does anybody know whether I am? Nobody knows whether I am or not. I know I’m not, so I can tell you from experience that the easy way of doing it when they’re saying ‘Oh, you have all them children on Jim’ll Fix It,’ say, ‘Yeah, I hate ’em.’
Theroux: Yeah. To me that sounds more, sort of, suspicious in a way, though, because it seems so implausible.
Savile: Well, that’s my policy, that’s the way it goes. That’s what I do. And it’s worked a dream.
Theroux: Has it worked?
Savile: A dream.
His nephew Denis Jaconelli now admits the overwhelming evidence against Scarborough’s former mayor has made the family finally question his innocence.
North Yorkshire Police recently claimed that if Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile were alive, the pair would be arrested on suspicion of dozens of sex crimes against children – including rape.
“Peter Jaconelli is not here to defend himself, but we have to have confidence in what the police are saying – it is shocking and traumatic,” admitted 63-year-old Denis, speaking on behalf of the family.
“But the police have not taken this lightly. They have spent time on an investigation and interviewed a lot of people.”
In previous years, the Jaconelli family said the allegations were either not true or that they did not know anything about it.
But the 10-month long police inquiry revealed the extent of Jaconelli’s suspected abuse, with the ice cream magnate thought to have abused at least 35 victims over the course of four decades.
Denis added “a lot of water had passed under the bridge” since the family’s initial denial of what an abuse charity said was “Scarborough’s worst kept secret”.
“We are family people ourselves and abhor anything like this,” he said.
“Peter was always a bit of a joke figure because of his size and weight.
“The staff would laugh at him but he would take it well because he had a good sense of humour.
“If he did do anything like this it would be despicable, but it was certainly not obvious to us.”
However, sources with ties close to Peter Jaconelli’s old seafront parlour claim his abuse was obvious to many in the town.
And Ian Shimmin from the Scarborough abuse charity Hope added: “Everyone who lived in Scarborough at the time knew Jaconelli was a serial abuser.”
He added that his vulnerable victims would be paid cash by the obese judo expert in exchange for seedy favours.
“They called it ‘tapping up fat Jac’, added Mr Shimmin, who claims members of a paedophile ring, headed by Jaconelli and Savile, are still at large.
But Denis said that the Peter Jaconelli the family knew was just a “very generous man”, adding: “If (abuse) did happen, it was well covered up.”
Yet while no evidence of a cover-up has come to light, North Yorkshire Police apologised after admitting it was told about abuse by Savile and Jaconelli three decades ago – and decided to do nothing about it.
Instead, with the police allowing them to slip through the force’s net, the mistake is thought to have allowed them to continue abusing in the town for at least another decade.
And Dennis has now admitted that as youngsters, members of the family did hear whisperings of their uncle’s sordid ways – and were targeted at school as a result.
“There were always rumours,” said Denis.
“When we were young boys going to school we had to put up with them and it was difficult to cope with.
“But at the time, it was all innuendo. There was never any proof. We were aware he was friends with Jimmy Savile. But we thought it was very much on a showbiz level.”
He underlined the ice cream business today had no connection with Peter Jaconelli.
It is a now a wholesale business built up after his death and the shop which bears the Jaconelli name on Scarborough seafront is separately owned.
Other members of the family said they had nothing to add to what Denis Jaconelli has said.
Gravestone of Jimmy Savile’s paedophile friend Peter Jaconelli is swiped
The graveside headstone of a former town mayor and child rapist – a close friend of TV paedophile Jimmy Savile – has mysteriously been swiped.
Peter Jaconelli, the disgraced ex politician who served the town of Scarborough in the 1970s, is buried just yards away from his pal and shamed BBC presenter.
His headstone has now been taken from the North Yorkshire cemetery just days after the 73-year-old’s family admitted they were starting to believe their relative was a child abuser.
Earlier this week, in light of what police claim is ‘overwhelming’ evidence against ice cream magnate Jaconelli, his nephew Denis said that the family were now beginning to doubt his innocence.
The 63-year-old said: “ Peter Jaconelli is not here to defend himself, but we have to have confidence in what the police are saying – it is shocking and traumatic.
“We are family people ourselves and abhor anything like this. “If he did do anything like this it would be despicable, but it was certainly not obvious to us.”
Savile’s own headstone was removed several years ago, which includes the chilling epitaph – ‘It was good while it lasted.’
The tombstone, which was adorned with the disgraced star’s face, was removed under the cover of darkness to protect the ‘dignity and sanctity’ of the cemetery.
It is as yet unknown if Jaconelli’s headstone was officially removed, or if vigilantes or even any of his scarred sex abuse victims were responsible.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed that had Jaconelli still been alive, he and Savile would have been arrested for abusing dozens of children between them.
One of Jaconelli’s alleged victims reacted to the news, saying it was only a matter of time before the town started trying to erase the ice cream magnate from history.
He said: “For years everyone knew about Jaconelli, but with the police finally bringing all of this up and exposing him at last, he’s quickly become a hate figure in Scarborough, just like Savile.
“It’s easy to imagine someone who still holds a grudge against him to want to deface it, so I’m not surprised in the slightest this has happened.”
Glasgow-born Jaconelli was laid to rest in the plot – which overlooks a school – in 1999 after his death.
Ian Shimmin, from the Scarborough abuse charity Hope, added: “Everyone who lived in Scarborough at the time knew Jaconelli was a serial abuser.”
Even before the conclusion on the 10-month long police investigation which exposed an apparent sordid lust for boys, councillors agreed to posthumously strip Jaconelli of his honorary Alderman status in 2013.
Learn more about people trying to murder you and your family https://jewishpaedophilia.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/proof-someone-is-trying-to-damage-the-human-body-brain-and-cause-cancer-to-kill-people-slowly/
Learn more about Freemason paedophile rings https://jewishpaedophilia.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/international-freemason-paedophile-rings-america-britain-france-holland-jersey/
Learn more about the paedophile ring thats been operating inside the British and American intelligence agencies https://jewishpaedophilia.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/opilluminatuspiedpiper-northamptonshire-police-helping-cover-up-unitarian-paedosadist-with-satanic-royal-connections-mp-cyril-smith-scandal-because-of-his-royal-connections-force-said-secur/