UK

Abuse inquiry police arrest man

  • 10 December 2012
  • From the section UK
Jimmy Savile
Operation Yewtree was set up in the wake of the allegations made against Jimmy Savile

A man in his 60s has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The man, from London, was arrested at 06.45 GMT and later bailed until next month.

Officers from Operation Yewtree - set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal - arrested the man, who was taken to a south London police station.

But Scotland Yard said it was not connected to the allegations made against the late BBC presenter.

Operation Yewtree is the Met's investigation into allegations, some dating back decades, that have arisen since Savile was accused of abuse.

The operation has three strands.

One is looking specifically at the actions of Jimmy Savile and the second strand concerns allegations against "Savile and others".

The separate third strand relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Jimmy Savile investigations.

The man is the seventh person to be questioned - the sixth under arrest - as part of the operation which has 30 officers and has already cost around £2m.

The other high-profile names arrested in connection with the investigation are PR consultant Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and former TV producer Wilfred De'Ath, who all deny any wrongdoing. Gary Glitter, who was also arrested, has not yet made a statement.