Detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal have arrested a man in his 70s, police said today.
The man, from London, was held at 6.30am on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to a south London police station.
He was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into allegations of sex abuse surrounding Savile and others, and falls under the strand termed “Savile and others”, Scotland Yard said today.
The man is the eighth person to be arrested by Operation Yewtree detectives.
Other high-profile names include former pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and publicist Max Clifford.
On Monday, Starr and Clifford were re-bailed to return on dates in February and March pending further inquiries.
Glitter, whose real is Paul Gadd, and a man in his 70s, reported to be former television producer Wilfred De’Ath – were previously re-bailed to dates in February.
Last week police said a total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Savile so far.
Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints against the BBC presenter and DJ himself, mainly alleging sexual abuse, Scotland Yard said.
Ten weeks after the launch of Operation Yewtree, police have recorded 199 crimes in 17 force areas in which Savile is a suspect, with 31 allegations of rape recorded against him in seven force areas.
Officers are looking at three strands within their inquiry: claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.
Police and the NSPCC are compiling a report, which it is hoped will be published in the new year, to provide an overview of Savile’s activities.
The NSPCC is also launching a campaign in a bid to prevent people thinking sexual abuse is a problem from the past following the Savile disclosures.
The charity is worried that, due to many of Savile’s victims being abused in the 1970s and 80s, people may believe sexual abuse is not as common now as it was then.