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Savile police operation has 'gone too far'

A former BBC producer from Cambridgeshire who was released without charge after being arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal said the police operation had "gone too far".

Wilfred De'ath was one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree, a national probe prompted by allegations that emerged against Savile, but the Crown Prosecution Service said on Monday that there was not enough evidence to charge him.

Mr De'ath, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he believed that police were over-compensating now because they failed to get Savile at the time and claimed Operation Yewtree was "getting silly".

"My general comment would be that Operation Yewtree has gone too far," he told the BBC Today programme.

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Savile abuse scandal: man arrested in Bedfordshire

A man in his 60s has been arrested by police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

The man, from Bedfordshire, was held this morning on suspicion of sexual offences and is being questioned.

Police said the allegations made against him do not directly involve Savile, and are classed under the strand of their investigation termed "others".

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Man: 'Savile abused and threatened me when I was nine'

Kevin Cook, aged 45, of Essex, has told ITV News Jimmy Savile abused him after he appeared on Jim'll Fix It aged nine.

He said: "He made some threats to me, telling me not to tell anybody. I was just so scared. He told me no-one would believe me and that he knew where I lived."

He added: "I feel like a new man now I have told somebody. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

Watch the full interview with Kevin Cook on the ITV Evening News at 6.30pm.

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