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Revealed: Rolf Harris arrested by Savile police

Rolf Harris has reportedly been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. Photo: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

It was revealed today that veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been questioned by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse.

The 83-year-old TV personality was first interviewed by officers last November in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The media's delay in reporting Harris's arrest raises questions about naming suspects in the wake of the Leveson Report.

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Media outlets had been aware of the Australian's identity since November, but for legal reasons only reported that an 82-year-old man had been arrested.

After Harris's arrest in March, just days before his 83rd birthday, a Scotland Yard spokesman said:

An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.

He has been bailed to a date in May pending further inquiries.

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

Reporters who rang the bell at Harris's home in Berkshire this morning were told "no comment" by a man who answered.

A short time later, a woman visitor who rang the buzzer and said "Hi Rolf" was allowed into the property.

Harris is famous for his catchphrase "Can you tell what is it yet?" Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Harris's global popularity saw him gain Top 10 hits across three continents and host an array of television shows around the world.

He presented Rolf Harris's Cartoon Time on BBC1 in the 1980s and Rolf's Cartoon Club on ITV between 1989-1993, before hosting Animal Hospital for 10 years.

The pinnacle of his career as a painter came in 2005 when he was commissioned to paint an official portrait of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday.