Published on 11 Nov 2012 Sections

Third man arrested in Jimmy Savile abuse investigation

A man in his 70s is arrested as a part of a police investigation into allegations that Jimmy Savile sexually abused children.

Detectives carrying out Operation Yewtree, the investigation into hundreds of claims of abuse dating back to the 1960s, arrested the suspect at 7:15 am on Sunday at premises in Cambridge.

The man was bailed on Sunday afternoon, until a date in December, pending further inquiries.

He is the third person arrested under Operation Yewtree. At the end of October, former pop star Gary Glitter was arrested and questioned at a central London police station. He was bailed to return in mid-December.

On 1 November, comedian Freddie Starr was arrested in Warwickshire. He was later bailed.

The investigation into sexual abuse arising from claims around Jimmy Savile, aired in an ITV documentary, now involves up to 300 victims.

The scandal also engulfed the BBC after it emerged that a Newsnight programme containing the allegations against Savile was scrapped. Newsnight editor Peter Rippon has since stepped aside.

Last night George Entwistle, BBC director-general, also resigned in the latest twist over Newsnight – after the prgoramme wrongly implicated a senior Conservative politician with sexual abuse claims.