Jimmy Savile

British police arrest 11th man in Savile investigation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 10:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 2:44pm

British police on Thursday arrested a 82-year-old man as part of the investigation into widespread sexual abuses launched following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Metropolitan Police said officers from Operation Yewtree, established last year following a slew of abuse claims against late BBC presenter Savile, had detained a man from Berkshire, south England, on suspicion of sexual offences.

Police stressed that the arrest was not connected to the specific allegations made against Savile and added that the suspect had been released on bail until May.

Thursday’s arrest is the 11th in the investigation.

Savile, who died last year aged 84, has been accused of abusing around 300 victims over a 40-year period.

The scandal has since escalated, leading to the arrests of singer Gary Glitter, comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson and radio presenter Stuart Hall.