Live updates

Freddie Starr: Fourth arrest over alleged sex offences

Warwickshire comedian Freddie Starr has been arrested for the fourth time over allegations of sex offences.

The 71-year-old answered police bail today and was told he faces further accusations under Operation Yewtree, the inquiry launched after the Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

Freddie Starr has been arrested for a third time over sexual offence allegations
Freddie Starr has been arrested for a third time over sexual offence allegations Credit: ITV News Central

The new allegations have no connection to the late DJ.

He was first arrested in November 2012 over allegations linked to Savile, and has been arrested three more times since.

He was released on bail until April.

Freddie Starr lawyer 'astonished' at length of investigation

Comedian Freddie Starr was bailed today until early December as police investigations continue into alleged sexual offences.

The 70-year-old was initially arrested at his Warwickshire home in November last year by officers from Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, the national investigation sparked by abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile.

Mr Starr’s lawyer said he is "astonished" at the length of time the investigation is taking.

Freddie was due to return to the police station today to answer bail and our belief was that this would have marked the end of this matter.

However, we have been informed that the police have instead re-bailed him to 5th December.

We are astonished at the amount of time this investigation is taking in relation to Freddie and indeed surprised, on the basis of what has been put to him, that he even remains under investigation.

– Dean Dunham, Freddie Starr's lawyer

Advertisement

National

Freddie Starr re-bailed over sex claims

Comedian Freddie Starr has been re-bailed until October by police investigating alleged sexual offences.

The 70-year-old was first arrested last November by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted by abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

Freddie Starr has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Starr was re-arrested in April when further allegations against him emerged.

He was due to answer police bail this week, but has instead been re-bailed until October.

National

Freddie Starr re-bailed

Freddie Starr's lawyer said the comedian is hopeful he will be able to clear his name after he was re-bailed following his arrest by officers investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Starr, 70, was re-bailed until 28 August after he was due to answer bail today.

Comedian Freddie Starr. Credit: Reuters

His lawyer, Dean Dunham, said: "Mr Starr was due to answer bail today, Wednesday June 19. However, the police have decided to re-bail him to August 28 and in the circumstances he was not required to attend the police station today.

"Mr Starr has maintained his innocence throughout and has assisted the police with their inquiries at all times.

"We are hopeful that the police inquiries are drawing close to a conclusion at which time Mr Starr will be able to confirm that he has publicly cleared his good name and reputation."

Advertisement

Freddie Starr bailed again

Freddie Starr the comedian who lives in Warwickshire has been bailed for the second time after being questioned by police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Starr been publicly implicated in the Savile scandal over the past month but has strongly denied the accusations.

The 69-year-old returned to speak to officers earlier today having been first arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexual offences, and then bailed in the early hours of Friday morning.

His next bail date has not yet been revealed by Scotland Yard.

Starr released early this morning

A force spokesman said the suspect was released on bail between 1am and 1.30am on Friday morning. The date when he must represent himself to officers is yet to be released by Scotland Yard.

The police spokesman said the arrest falls under the investigation termed "Savile and others".

Starr been publicly implicated in the Savile scandal over the past month but has strongly denied the accusations.

Freddie Starr Bailed

Comedian Freddie Starr from Warwickshire has been released on police bail after being questioned by detectives investigating allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jimmy Savile.

A man named by sources as Starr, 69, was arrested in Warwickshire yesterday on suspicion of sexual offences before being released during the early hours of this morning.

Starr denies all the allegations against him.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories