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Rolf Harris 'quizzed over sex offences'

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Entertainer Rolf Harris has been interviewed under caution by police investigating sex offences.

Scotland Yard did not name him, but said an 84-year-old was questioned at a police station in Stafford.

He was questioned by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual abuse allegations that have arisen since Jimmy Savile was accused.

Mr Harris was jailed in July for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults against four girls.

He was interviewed under caution on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Operation Yewtree has three strands. One concerns Savile's crimes, whilst another relates to allegations against Savile and others.

The third strand, under which Mr Harris was questioned, concentrates on accusations unconnected to the Savile investigations but which emerged as a result of the publicity surrounding the late DJ.

Several well-known public figures have been jailed following trials brought under the Yewtree investigations.

Gary Glitter was found guilty of historical sex abuse on Thursday, while PR figure Max Clifford and former BBC radio presenter Chris Denning were both successfully prosecuted.

Ex-BBC Radio One host Dave Lee Travis was given a suspended sentence for indecent assault following a similar investigation.

Mr Harris has appeared on TV screens as a children's entertainer, songwriter and entertainer.

He is also an artist and painted a portrait of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday in 2006.

During his career he was made an OBE, MBE and CBE.