Who was former mayor of Scarborough Peter Jaconelli? | The Sun

PETER Jaconelli was notoriously linked to disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.

Here we take a look at who Jaconelli was, the crimes he committed and his connection to Jimmy Savile.

Who was Peter Jaconelli and when did he die?

Peter Jaconelli, who was also known as King of the Cornets, was the mayor of Scarborough from 1971 to 1972 and was granted the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Scarborough in 1996.

Aside from weighing in on local politics, Jaconelli was born into an Italian ice cream dynasty founded by a great-great-grandfather, who emigrated to Scotland in 1833.

In October 2023, BBC aired a brand-new factual drama The Reckoning, which traces the life of Jimmy Savile and features a portrayal of the former Scarborough mayor.

Actor Peter Wight stars as Peter Jaconelli – who died in 1999.

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At the time of his death Jaconelli was 73 years old.

What were Peter Jaconelli's crimes?

An investigation by North Yorkshire Police into Jaconelli revealed that he would have faced a string of charges relating to abuse in Scarborough between 1958 and 1998 if he was still alive.

Jaconelli and disgraced DJ Savile were suspected of being involved in the abuse of 35 young victims as part of a paedophile ring operating in the resort but cheated justice.

The pair died before the abuse allegations came to light.

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The disgraced ex-mayor was also stripped of his civic honours by the town council after the child sex abuse allegations were revealed.

Who was Jimmy Saville and what were his crimes?

Savile was born in Leeds on October 31, 1926, to parents Agnes and Vincent.

Before moving into radio in the late 1950s, Savile worked as a dance hall DJ and manager.

He worked at at Radio Luxembourg before joining BBC Radio One as a presenter.

In 1964 he presented the first ever Top Of The Pops, and continued to make appearances on the show for decades.

This was followed by further TV work including the kids' show Jim'll Fix It.

He was awarded an OBE in 1971 and was knighted in 1990 but this was removed posthumously.

After Savile's death, horrific tales of abuse spanning decades began to emerge, as more than 1,000 people came forward claiming they were abused by the evil DJ.

In late 2012, it emerged that the fiend sexually abused more than 400 people, most of them children but some as old as 75 and mostly female.

Operation Yewtree was launched following a fresh flood of allegations.

A joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report branded him one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators.

During his time on TV, disgraced Savile's sick abuse was kept under wraps.

This allowed him to embark on a reign of terror spanning 50 years.

When did Jimmy Savile die?

Savile died on October 29, 2011.

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The disgraced DJ was found dead at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, two days before his 85th birthday.

His cause of death was pneumonia and it was ruled not suspicious.

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