A new police and crime commissioner yesterday blamed a rise in council tax on Jimmy Svaile.
Stephen Brett, elected to the job in Norfolk in November, said the scandal surrounding the paedophile showman had triggered a rise in reports of abuse.
And in order to properly investigate the historic allegations he said the police share of Norfolk County Council’s budget had to be increased.
Mr. Bett’s proposal for a yearly rise of £3.65 per household was passed on Thursday.
He said the extra cash will go towards 10 more frontline staff in Norfolk Police’s vulnerable people’s unit.
He said: “People are happy to come forward and talk to police because of what happened with the Jimmy Savile enquiry.
“Because people have come forward other victims have felt confident to come forward and report their experiences many years ago.
“It is the same with domestic violence and rape. More people are coming forward and Norfolk Police are making allegations and accusations and we are trying to follow them all up.
“That is the main reason that the council tax will be going up. We are putting 10 new officers in the vulnerable people’s unit.”
The increase this April will mean a Band D household in Norfolk will pay £200.79 a year towards policing.
Scotland Yard says 214 criminal offences have now been recorded against Savile across 28 police forces.
The sick star abused his victims at 14 medical sites including hospitals, mental health units and even a hospice.
Leave a Reply