Davidson hits out at accusers

The comedian Jim Davidson has claimed people were "making allegations for the sake of it" after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge him after a police investigation into historical sex claims.

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Davidson grateful police investigation winding down

Comedian Jim Davidson said he was pleased that the police have decided not to take an investigation into a number of sexual offences against him any further.

Expressing his gratitude to his loyal family, friends and fans he said police did a "great job" investigating the allegations against him.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports.

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Davidson: People making allegations 'for the sake of it'

Jim Davidson has said he thinks people were "making allegations for the sake of it" after an police dropped an investigation into sex crimes claims against him.

"I'm just pleased there'll be no further action," he said.

"All I know is allegations were made against me and I literally helped the police with their inquires. I kept on working because I was innocent and that's what I believed from the beginning."

Davidson added: "Allegations are allegations. Anyone can make an allegation and I think the public were slightly aware that people were making allegations for the sake of it."

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Jim Davidson said in April accusations 'can ruin lives'

Jim Davidson, writing on his personal blog in late April, professed his innocence of any historic sexual offences and said he would "wait for the game to play out".

(The police) must know that these accusations are things that can literally ruin peoples' lives. My life is on hold, so is that of my wife.

I have to shake my head and ask is this really happening? Well, it is! The only good thing is that I know I am innocent, and that is a powerful weapon to have. It still is upsetting though. You have to be strong and wait for the game to play out.

His solicitor has said today Mr Davidson is "pleased" the allegations against him have been dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" with which to charge the comedian.

No further action over 53-year-old's Yewtree arrest

A 53-year-old man arrested in Hampshire in January, as part of Operation Yewtree - the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal - has been told no further action will be taken against him.

Referring to both the 53-year-old and Jim Davidson, the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction".

CPS: 'Insufficient evidence to charge Jim Davidson'

The Crown Prosecution Service has explained why it decided not to charge Jim Davidson over alleged historical sexual offences:

We have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints and have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that no further action should be taken.

– Crown Prosecution Service

Davidson 'pleased' to be cleared of sex claims

Jim Davidson wrote on his blog last month he would be "bloody glad when (the investigation against him is) all over". Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Jim Davidson is "pleased" to have been told he will face no further action after he was arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences, his solicitor has said.

The 59-year-old comedian was initially held in January by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the national investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, before being re-arrested in March after further allegations emerged.

His solicitor, Henri Brandman, said: "My client Jim Davidson was, of course, arrested a number of months ago in respect of allegations of a historical sexual nature.

"He is pleased to have received news today that there will be no further action relating to the allegations."

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