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Freddie Starr released on bail by Savile police

Comedian Freddie Starr has been released on bail by police. Photo: ITV News

Comedian Freddie Starr 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 by officers working on Operation Yewtree before being released during the early hours of this morning.

Officers working on Operation Yewtree yesterday arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation.

The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 5.45pm on suspicion of sexual offences, and was taken into custody. He has since been bailed.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

A force spokesman said the suspect was released on bail between 1am and 1.30am this 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 strand of the investigation termed "Savile and others".

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

Last month he branded Savile "despicable" and "disgusting", and urged police to interview him so he could clear his name.