Man in 70s held over Savile child sex abuse claims

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Detectives investigating the child sex abuse claims surrounding Jimmy Savile have arrested a man in his 70s.

Officers detained the unidentified 73-year-old suspect at 7.15am yesterday at an address in Cambridge.

He was held on suspicion of sexual offences and taken into custody.

The man was later bailed until December pending further inquiries.

His arrest was the third 
made during Operation Yewtree, the Scotland Yard investigation into alleged child abuse by 
Savile.

Detectives fear the late BBC TV and radio star attacked up to 300 young people over the course of six decades.

Scotland Yard launched their formal criminal investigation after an initial assessment of the claims against Savile uncovered potential lines of inquiry involving living people.

The first person arrested by Yewtree officers was 68-year-old former pop star Gary Glitter.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was questioned at a central London police station after being held at his home in the capital on October 28.

Comedian Freddie Starr was arrested and bailed twice earlier this month, also as part of Operation Yewtree.

The 69-year-old, from Warwickshire, was detained on suspicion of sexual offences.

He has strongly denied any 
involvement in the alleged abuse.

Last month he branded Leeds-born Savile “despicable” and “disgusting”, and urged police to interview him so he could clear his name.

The current avalanche of claims against Savile was unleashed after an ITV documentary about his alleged activities aired at the start of last month.

BBC bosses have launched 
two inquiries into the case following reports that some attacks 
took place on corporation premises.

The Department of Health is also looking into allegations that Savile abused patients at hospitals including Leeds General Infirmary and Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire.

ITV has announced a new documentary on Savile, to air at 10.35pm on Wednesday, November 21.

Former police officer Mark Williams-Thomas, who made the Savile documentary broadcast by ITV last month, is thought to have been filming in Yorkshire for the new programme.