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Yewtree suspect found dead

A former driver charged with sex offences as part of the investigation triggered by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile has been found dead at his home, Scotland Yard said. David Smith, 66, failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

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Scotland Yard on death of Yewtree suspect

Police attended a private address in Effingham Road, Lewisham on Monday 28 October as a man had failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court today.

At approx 1420 officers entered the address and found the body of a man. A FME (forensic medical examiner) attended and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Next of kin are being informed.

Whilst officers believe they know the identity of the deceased, they await confirmation of formal identification.

– Scotland Yard statement

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