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  • 19 December 2012, 11:16

Savile Abuse Inquiry: Man In His 70s Arrested

Detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal have arrested a man from London in his 70s.

The suspect was arrested at around 6.30am on suspicion of sexual offences and has been taken into custody at a south London police station.

He was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Savile and others.

The probe has three strands - claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.

Scotland Yard said the latest arrest falls under the strand of the investigation termed "Savile and others".

The man is the eighth person to be arrested by Operation Yewtree detectives.

Other high-profile names arrested in connection with the investigation - set up in the wake of the Savile abuse scandal - include former pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and publicist Max Clifford.

On Monday, Starr and Clifford were re-bailed to dates in February and March pending further enquiries.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, and a man in his 70s, reported to be former television producer Wilfred De'Ath, were previously re-bailed to dates in February.

Last week police said a total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Savile so far.

Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints against the BBC presenter and DJ himself, mainly alleging sexual abuse, Scotland Yard said.