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Comedian Freddie Starr arrested by Savile police

Freddie Starr has been arrested by police officers from Operation Yewtree. Photo: ITV News

Comedian Freddie Starr has been arrested by police officers investigating allegations of abuse surrounding Jimmy Savile.

The 69-year-old was arrested in Warwickshire at 5.45pm, as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree.

Police outside the Warwickshire home of Freddie Starr following his arrest. Credit: ITV News

Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this evening, 1 November, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation.

The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 17.45 hrs on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into police custody locally.

The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'.

– A Metropolitan Police spokesperson

Last month Starr branded Savile "despicable" and "disgusting" and urged police to interview him so he could clear his name.

UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Starr's arrest follows that of Gary Glitter on Sunday by officers working on Operation Yewtree.

The former pop star was questioned at a central London police station after being detained at his home in the capital.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was photographed leaving Charing Cross police station later that day.

Savile, who died last year at the age of 84, is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims.

A police car outside Freddie Starr's home. Credit: ITV News

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities.

Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse. It is also looking at the decision-making process which saw a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities shelved.

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