Corporate Performance Delivery and Scrutiny Board – 22 September 2015

Scrutinising the performance of North Yorkshire Police is a core function of the Commissioner

Questions from the public

The full procedure for asking questions at this meeting is available here: Procedure for public questions

1 – Question about speed limits in Buttercrambe

from: Sally Robinson, Buttercrambe   

 

Full question from Sally Robinson

My question to the NYP scrutiny meeting is why don’t the police enforce the 30mph speed limit in the village of Buttercrambe despite numerous requests from various residents for police to address the serious danger posed by speeding motorists and motor cyclists frequently travelling through the village at twice the speed limit.
The East Riding Authorities take this matter seriously and are effective in highway safety matters in their area whereas their North Yorkshire equivalents are totally ineffective.

Read the e-mail response sent to Sally Robinson

Dear Sally

Thank you very much for taking the time to email a question into our office. Hopefully I will be able to provide you with some helpful information.

In the first instance, speeding issues are dealt with through 95Alive. 95 Alive are the road safety partnership between North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and our local authorities.  They should be able to address your concerns by sharing their current data on speeding in your area, or if they don’t have that data, should be able to do a speed assessment for you.  This will be over a week long period, and normally at a place on the road you choose.  After that assessment, and depending on the information that is gathered, the 95 Alive partnership can then see whether further enforcement, education or signage steps are necessary.

However, I believe issues in this area have already been raised (however not necessarily the street you have concerns about) and speed assessments are only carried out every three years.

You will be pleased to know, that our office has done a lot of work to ensure road safety is a priority in North Yorkshire. For example, the number of Safety Camera Vans has doubled, which enables more sites to be visited and enforced.

Further to this, and something that may help you in the near future, is the Community Speed Watch. This scheme was recently piloted throughout the county and was a great success. We are currently looking at how we are going to roll it out across North Yorkshire and information about how to apply and volunteer will be available soon.  I have attached  a Community Speed Watch leaflet to explain this in more detail.

I hope this email has reassured you and demonstrated that road safety is a priority. 95Alive should respond to directly. However, if you do not receive a full response or have any issues completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks, 

Sheree Evans

Caseworker to Police & Crime Commissioner

95 Alive speeding concern form attached

 

2 – Question about Op Hibiscus/Jaconelli

from: @Neil_Wilby via Twitter

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy’ response to Neil Wilby:
“Just in short Sir, thank you for the information, I propose to look at the information in more detail and confer with the CPS but I would not like to comment any further at this stage until I have carried out those enquiries.”

Read Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy full response – Published 23 October 2015

North Yorkshire Police statement regarding the late Scarborough Mayor Peter Jaconelli and a record from 1972 released under the Freedom of Information Act by the Crown Prosecution Service

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said:

“The new information brought to our attention via archived public prosecution records is welcomed by North Yorkshire Police.

“It has provided fresh opportunities to establish a fuller picture of Peter Jaconelli’s alleged offending, specifically relating to an archived record from 1972 currently held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and originated from the former Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office which pre-dated the formation of the CPS in 1986.

“With assistance from the CPS, it has been established that this archived record suggests the former DPP’s Office received a police submission regarding Jaconelli on 31 August 1972 which was subsequently registered on 4 September 1972. The record indicates that the police force area which made the submission was at that time known as York and North East Yorkshire Police, which today is made up of three police force areas, namely North Yorkshire, Humberside and Cleveland Police.

“The submission related to an indecent assault on a Spanish man by the then 46-year-old Jaconelli, who is noted on the record as a councillor, member of the Scarborough Crime Prevention Committee and former Mayor of Scarborough.

“However, the record shows the former DPP’s Office ‘advised no action’ against Jaconelli on 10 October 1972. The indication is that Jaconelli was not charged with an offence in relation to this submission.

“The available information is very limited and work is ongoing to establish the full facts if at all possible, but this is certainly an important piece of information to help gain a better understanding of Jaconelli and the way the authorities, including the police, handled cases at that time. North Yorkshire Police is also conducting a review of paper records relating to crime investigations. This programme of work commenced in April 2013 and is estimated to be completed by November 2016.

“To put it into context, this was a period that pre-dated the Crown Prosecution Service as well as North Yorkshire Police, which was established two years later in 1974.

“This highlights the inherent and ongoing difficulties we face to locate historic information to support current investigations into allegations stemming from more than 40 years ago.

“For the first phase of Operation Hibiscus, we had to adjust the investigation parameters accordingly and concentrate our time and resources on the active lines of enquiry provided by the 35 victims who came forward with historic sexual abuse allegations against Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile.

“We are therefore grateful for the new information to further target our efforts to seek out and support victims of Jaconelli, Jimmy Savile and any others who abused young people in the Scarborough area or elsewhere.

“As I stated in December last year when the initial Operation Hibiscus findings were publicised, the investigation will remain open and any new lines of enquiry will be pursued.

“It is never too late to report information to the police as well as seek the professional help and support that is readily available to victims. Nobody should suffer in silence.”

Any victim of sexual abuse is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Always dial 999 if you are in immediate danger or your safety is threatened.

Victims can also seek independent advice, support and services from Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Please call 01904 669339 or visit www.turntobridgehouse.org
North Yorkshire Police has made several referrals to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concerning Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile and continue to update the IPCC on a regular basis.

Background to Operation Hibiscus

Operation Hibiscus began on 14 February 2014. It was instigated following the broadcast of the regional TV news programme Inside Out, which prompted 35 people to come forward with reports of historic sexual abuse by Jaconelli and Savile.

32 of the cases related to Jaconelli for reported offences that occurred between 1958 and 1998, and five to Savile that occurred between 1979 and 1988.

Sufficient evidence was uncovered to suggest that, had they been alive today, files would have been submitted for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding potential criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile, relating to young people.

However, it should be noted that it has not been possible to pursue those lines of enquiry which would have involved interviews with the individuals concerned as they had died, during which they may have disputed the allegations against them.

The reported offences linked to Jaconelli ranged from indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, gross indecency and rape.

For Savile, the reported offences ranged from sexual assault (or indecent assault under current law) to rape.

For more information about Operation Hibiscus, please go to the North Yorkshire Police website http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/14819

23 October 2015 – 11.30am

This answer is reproduced from the North Yorkshire Police website at: http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/16043

Read the tweets from Neil Wilby

Neil_Wilby 2:58pm, Sep 22 from Twitter for iPhone
CPS say (on #FoI) Peter Jaconelli charged with sex offence in 1972. Why was it not disclosed in Op Hibiscus by NYP? https://t.co/M5ybc4DXz3

Neil_Wilby 3:01pm, Sep 22 from Twitter for iPhone
.@northyorkspcc If I am right about Op Hibiscus/Jaconelli will Chief Constable now refer force back to IPCC on this matter? #NYPscrutiny

Neil_Wilby Sep 22, 3:10pm via Twitter for iPhone
.@northyorkspcc Here is the link to CPS response to the FoI requester. There is more to come from CPS: whatdotheyknow.com/request/283651… #NYPscrutiny

Neil_Wilby Sep 22, 3:12pm via Twitter for iPhone
.@northyorkspcc Thank you for acknowledging my Q. Please also provide written response, via email. Will/Sheree have my address.


Meeting overview

The theme of this meeting is how the police are progressing against the delivery of ‘Operations’ outcomes, these are:

  • People are safer due to fewer vulnerable and repeat victims of crime
  • People are safer due to fewer individuals committing crime and/or antisocial behaviour
  • Communities are safer through regional and national services protecting communities.

These outcomes have been developed to support the delivery the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.

Agenda

No. Time Item Purpose Lead
1 13:30 Attendance and apologies To note attendance and apologies
Apologies: DCC Madgwick
CC/PCC
2 13:35 Minutes of previous meeting To discuss and agree the draft minutes of the previous meeting held on 25th August 2015 ALL
3 13:45 Forward Planner To discuss proposed thematic items for future meetings ALL
4 13:50 Questions from the public To address questions raised by the public in relation to the agenda CC/PCC
5 14:05 Thematic – Quarterly Outcomes Review – Operations Outcomes Monthly Substantive Item: Quarterly Outcomes Review – Operations Outcomes
To provide a detailed performance update for scrutiny
6 14:20 Thematic – Supporting Victims Team Monthly Substantive Item: Supporting Victims Team
To provide a comprehensive performance report for scrutiny
Jenni Newberry
7 14:45 Performance / Outcome Updates Monthly Substantive Item: To scrutinise the current performance levels including trends and any actions arising ACC Kennedy
8 14:55 Priority Delivery Strands To provide performance updates against each priority delivery strand on a month by month basis including any exceptions ALL
8a. Priority 1 – Protecting vulnerable people No exceptions to report this month ACC Kennedy
8b. Priority 2 – Cut crime and Anti Social Behaviour ACC Kennedy
8c. Priority 3 – Prevention and Early Intervention No exceptions to report this month Supt Anderson & Jenni Newberry
8d. Priority 4 – Improve Victim Care No exceptions to report this month Leanne McConnell and Jenni Newberry
8e. Priority 5 – Transforming the Organisation (a) Collaborative Services
(b) Local Policing Model
(c) Enabling Services (Estates and Information Technology)
T/ACC Ken McIntosh & Maria Earles
8f. Priority 6 – People First T/ACC McIntosh
R Holmes & L Wood
8g. Priority 7 – Partnerships and Commissioning No exceptions to report this month Supt  Anderson & Jenni Newberry
8h. Priority 8 – Affordability Maria Earles
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10 15:15 Questions on Twitter CC/PCC
11 15:25 Any other business ALL
12 15:30 Date of Next Meeting 27 October 2015 at 13:30hrs in West Offices, York
13 15:30 Meeting part 2 To deal with matters of a restricted nature

Meeting papers