Operation Yewtree: SAVILE Radio Producer Arrested
- – an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on the inside word regarding the Operation Yewtree arrest, in the North Yorkshire city of York, of a 79-year-old man in connection with historical sex abuse charges.
At 5:08pm, today, Friday 13th November 2015, the Metropolitan Police Force issued the following Press Release.
York is within the operational area of the North Yorkshire Police.
Sources close to the Police have confirmed that the 79-year-old man in question is Ted BESTON. As I write, this information is already being shared widely on the Twittersphere.
Apparently, Ted BESTON has been interviewed under caution at a Police Station in York, on suspicion of historical sexual offences, by Operation Yewtree – under the third strand of their investigation (i.e. “others” – not the first strand; “offences committed by Jimmy SAVILE”, nor the second, “ offences committed by associates of Jimmy SAVILE”).
This is of interest because Ted BESTON was Jimmy Savile’s Radio 1 producer at the BBC.
Ted BESTON, known to his friends and colleagues as ‘Uncle Ted’, had been previously arrested on Wednesday 20th December 2012.
In a statement released through his solicitors the following day, the former Radio 1 producer was said to be shocked by the allegations. The statement concluded, “What emerged in October 2012 was a side of Savile that Mr Beston never knew.”
As Mandy RICE-DAVIES famously stated, in the dock of the Old Bailey, “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?”.
However, on 14th May 2013, New Scotland Yard announced that they would be taking no further action.
Ted BESTON, who produced many of SAVILE’s Radio One shows – including “Savile’s Travels” (broadcast from 1968 to 1973) – toured Britain with SAVILE and visited him in Scarborough many times.
The first of the BESTON arrests is understood to have been in consequence of the nine allegations of sexual abuse which followed the disclosure an audio-recording ‘out-take’ from one of the “Savile’s Travels” episodes, in which a girl interviewee could be heard to shout “get off me” and “get off my backside”. It is not known at which location the episode in question was recorded.
This latest arrest raises further questions about the performance of North Yorkshire Police, who were ostensibly oblivious to the offences committed by Jimmy SAVILE in and around Scarborough in the 60s/70s/80s – just as they were ostensibly oblivious to the offences committed by SAVILE’s intimate friend and co-offender, former Scarborough Councillor, Mayor and Alderman Peter JACONELLI.
Following the recent assertions of John MANN MP that North Yorkshire was one of three main locations identified in the second Geoffrey DICKENS MP dossier (handed to then Home Secretary Leon BRITTAN in 1983), in which multiple ‘big name’ alleged paedophiles were identified), the national focus would appear to be shifting inexorably towards North Yorkshire.