Yewtree convictions 'show no one is above the law'

Convictions over historical sex offences have shown that "no one is above the law", Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders has said.

Ms Saunders said she was "pleased" for Rolf Harris' victims that he was found guilty and dismissed criticism that only a few high-profile arrests of celebrities under Operation Yewtree have resulted in convictions so far.

Rolf Harris in September 2001.
Rolf Harris was convicted on 12 counts of indecent assault on four women between 1968 and 1986. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"What you have to remember is that we get it right in 86% of cases, we get convictions in 86% of those cases that we take," the head of the Crown Prosecution Service told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"We have not prosecuted every case under Operation Yewtree that has come to us because we have looked at the evidence, decided whether there is sufficient to go forward, and only when we think there is do we take it forward."

Operation Yewtree is the investigation that was launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for indecently assaulting four girls over a near 20-year period. One of his victims told ITV News he was a "nasty man" who took advantage his position.