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NYP – A Touch Of The Tarbuck

NYP – A Touch Of The Tarbuck

  • observations by Tim HICKS on the news that the Crown Prosecution Service has indicated that the North Yorkshire Police case against Jimmy TARBUCK has collapsed.


North Yorkshire Police Media Statement

North Yorkshire Police can confirm that a 74-year-old man from Kingston Upon Thames has been released without charge following an investigation into historic sexual abuse.

The man was originally arrested on Friday 26 April 2013 after information was passed to North Yorkshire Police by Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree.

Following a detailed investigation, evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service and a decision was made not to proceed with the case.

North Yorkshire Police take all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations. Our officers and staff are on hand to provide professional and specialist support to victims around the clock. Reports can be made by calling 101 or dial 999 if you are in danger or an emergency response is required.

For those victims who are unsure or do not want to report incidents to the police, there is independent and discreet support readily available at the Bridge House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in York.

Call Bridge House on 01904 669339,


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I could not help but laugh when I read the passage “North Yorkshire Police take all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations”. That must be why it failed to arrest Peter Jaconelli for over fifty years, even though every schoolboy and parent in Scarborough knew about his paedophile offending.

The Operation Yewtree investigation

Operation Yewtee has three strands:

1.  Savile.

2.  Associates of Savile

3.  Persons unconnected with Savile.

Peter Jaconelli was a close associate of Savile and therefore falls within Strand 2 of Operation Yewtree.

Real Whitby has consistently alleged that Savile operated in Scarborough and Whitby in a paedophile Ring with Peter Jaconelli, who was well known locally to be a paedophile, but was left alone by the Police because of his influence as a senior Conservative politician, Mayor and flambouyant local businessman.

Consequently, North Yorkshire Police failed to arrest Jaconelli, (Britain’s most successful paedophile who operated untroubled by the police for all of his adult life) which would surely have led them to Savile, (Britain’s most prolific paedophile and rapist).

When Operation Yewtree first started investigating Jimmy Savile, North Yorkshire Police issued a statement, When the allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile were publicised, we carried out extensive searches of force records which did not reveal a local connection, denying that Savile had anything to do with North Yorkshire.

In fact, he had lived in Scarborough since 1960 and had attended a youth event organised by North Yorkshire Police at Selby Abbey in 2008, where he shared a platform with the Chief Constable, while he was simultaneously being investigated for multiple sexual offences by Surrey and Sussex Police. They even drove him around in his own North Yorkshire Police Squad Car!

So pretty obviously, the first Savile investigation that concluded there was no local connection was not conducted thoroughly.


Following evidence from Real Whitby to the IPCC, North Yorkshire Police was directed to conduct a second Savile investigation, which was conducted by Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross and was also a shambles.

More information here:  

and here:

Cross simply ignored witness evidence and exonerated North Yorkshire Police from any responsibility for its failure to arrest Savile or Jaconelli

As a result of the BBC Inside Out documentary covering the reports published by Real Whitby concerning Savile Associate Councillor, Mayor and Alderman Peter Jaconelli (Deceased) and the failure of North Yorkshire Police to arrest him, North Yorkshire Police was forced to open up its investigation FOR THE THIRD TIME.

More information here.

North Yorkshire Police then issued the following statement:


Historic allegations made on Inside Out – statement”

Further to the historic allegations made against the late Peter Jaconelli, a former Mayor of Scarborough, on BBC1′s Inside Out (North East and Cumbria), 7.30pm, 10 February 2014:
North Yorkshire Police is considering the content of the programme, its effect on previous matters and the potential need for any future investigative work that would best serve the interests of those directly affected.  In so doing, North Yorkshire Police would encourage those individuals who took part in the programme, who were the subject of direct contact with the late Mr Jaconelli, to get in touch as soon as possible in order that their allegations and wishes are fully and properly considered.

The effect of this announcement is that North Yorkshire Police have had to re-open its Operation Yewtree investigation into Savile and his associates in Scarborough, as a result of its failure to conduct a thorough investigations on two previous occasions.

How can that be indicative of a Police Force that takes all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations?

What sort of Police Force is it that as a result of failures in basic policing (i.e. not interviewing many of the witnesses), has to conduct THREE investigations into a major national case of multiple instances of sexual abuse, within a year?  A situation that is absolutely unprecedented in the history of the British Police Service.  What is the explanation for this incredible situation?

Surely the fact that there are allegations of rampant Police corruption by Officers of North Yorkshire Police that protected Pater Jaconelli from arrest, cannot have influenced the investigations?

Returning to Mr Jimmy Tarbuck

According to the BBC, the seventy-four year-old man referred to in the press release was Mr Tarbuck, who was arrested in April 2013and released on Police bail until yesterday.  North Yorkshire Police stressed that Mr Tarbuck’s arrest was “not part of Yewtree, but a separate investigation” by its own Officers.  A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service stated We have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints and have advised North Yorkshire Police that no further action should be taken”.

I firmly believe that allegations of historical abuse should be investigated rigorously.  I also recognise the difficulty of gathering evidence in a historical investigation.  However, it disgusts me that North Yorkshire Police does not have the integrity to investigate itself with the same standard it relentlessly pursued a celebrity – thereby destroying his reputation – but will then issue the above self-righteous statement asserting that it takes “all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations, when it obviously does not in the ongoing case of Peter Jaconelli and the allegations of Police corruption among its own ranks over its failure to arrest him and his associate Jimmy Savile.

Coming Next

In his statement to Scarborough Borough Council on the 28th of February 2014, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council Councillor Fox indicated that he had “this week received confirmation from the police that they expect their investigations to be concluded shortly.”:

That  was nearly a month ago.  When the report is released by Detective Superintendent Smith, as usual, Real Whitby will take it  extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations.


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