Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter was arrested yesterday by police investigating the Jimmy Savile child sex scandal.
litter, real name Paul Gadd, was held at an address in central London by Scotland Yard, then taken to a police station in the capital. He was later bailed.
It was the first arrest by officers in Operation Yewtree, set up to investigate Savile, who died suddenly a year ago today, aged 84.
Glitter was filmed yesterday morning leaving what is believed to be his home wearing a bobble hat, dark coat and gloves, before being driven away. Scotland Yard said later he was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
Glitter was jailed for four months in the UK in 1999 for downloading child pornography and later imprisoned for child sex offences in Vietnam.
Savile, former Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It BBC presenter, has been described as one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent UK history. Scotland Yard detectives are dealing with about 300 alleged victims and are following more than 400 lines of inquiry.
PR guru Max Clifford claimed dozens of big name stars from the Sixties and Seventies had contacted him because they were “frightened” they would become implicated in the widening child abuse scandal.
He said the stars were worried because at their peak they had lived a hedonistic lifestyle where young girls threw themselves at them but they “never asked for anybody’s birth certificate”.
Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said calls about Savile were “still coming in thick and fast and show little sign of slowing down”.
Glitter’s arrest came as the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, said he was dedicated to finding out the truth about the scandal that has engulfed the corporation, vowing there would be “no covering our backs”.
Meanwhile, Savile’s holiday cottage in Allt na Reigh, Glencoe, Scotland, was vandalised.