Savile to be removed from roll of honour

First published in News

DISGRACED DJ Jimmy Savile is set to be removed from the roll of honour in the resort where he lived for decades.

Following the release of the findings of Operation Yewtree councillors in Scarborough are planning to excise the once-respected entertainer from their records.

Savile, now exposed as one of the country’s worst sex offenders, had a flat overlooking the sea in the town for many years and was buried in the local Woodlands Cemetery when he died in October 2011.

However his headstone has since been removed and broken up and plans for a statue were quickly dropped as the allegations against him became public.

Local council leader Tom Fox will now be discussing the contents of the Operation Yewtree report – Giving Victims a Voice – with the authority’s cross-party group leaders.

He said: “My immediate consideration is that the abhorrence of each and every substantiated allegation is such that a most important responsibility of Scarborough Borough Council is to ensure a motion is presented to our next full council meeting to remove Jimmy Savile’s Freedom of the Borough honour and ensure his name is permanently removed from all records of the honour.”

He added: “We must also acknowledge the courage of and empathise with Savile’s victims and indeed those who were preyed upon by others who came forward to reveal horrendous abuse.”

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