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Scarborough Mayor Peter Jaconelli sex abuse inquiry widens

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Image caption North Yorkshire Police said it wanted to speak to anyone with information about former Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli, who died in 1999

Police investigating alleged historical sexual abuse by a late former mayor of Scarborough have widened their inquiry.

North Yorkshire Police said in February it wanted to speak to five people who told BBC Inside Out they were abused by Peter Jaconelli as children.

The force has now asked for anyone else with information about Mr Jaconelli, who died in 1999, to get in touch.

Last week, the force referred itself to the police watchdog over its handling of abuse claims against Mr Jaconelli.

Friend of Savile

At the time of the referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a force spokesman confirmed had he been alive today, Mr Jaconelli would have been interviewed under caution.

The IPCC is also to examine how allegations made over a decade ago about the late DJ Jimmy Savile, a friend of Mr Jaconelli, were handled by force investigators.

The allegations against Mr Jaconelli were first made in a BBC Inside Out investigation after claims were made online that he was a paedophile.

North Yorkshire Police said it was now "keen to identify possible other victims" and was also appealing for any other information which could assist the inquiry.

Relatives of Mr Jaconelli have said they are not aware of any credible evidence that he committed any sexual crimes.

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