Gary Glitter arrested in BBC pedophilia probe
Gary Glitter has been taken from his home into custody at a London police station.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for child sex offences.
Police are investigating allegations the late TV presenter Savile sexually abused some 300 young people over a 40-year period.
Met Police confirmed officers from Operation Yewtree had “arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation”.
“The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others’.”
Scotland Yard has said it is following about 400 lines of inquiry as part of the operation – which is looking into claims Jimmy Savile, who died last year aged 84, abused hundreds of young girls and some boys.
Police described former BBC DJ Jimmy Savile as a “predatory sex offender”.
Karin Ward – a former pupil at Duncroft approved school for girls in Surrey – told the BBC she had once seen singer Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room at the BBC. Gary Glitter has denied the allegations.
‘Reputation on the line’
The deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman has reiterated Labour’s call for an overarching judge-led inquiry to look into the Jimmy Savile abuse claims.
The late presenter is alleged to have carried out abuse at a number of institutions, such as the high security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary as well as the BBC.
Ms Harman told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that “we need to learn the overall lessons.”
Earlier the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has expressed his determination to deal with the Savile sexual abuse scandal.
Writing in the Mail On Sunday, he said the corporation must face up to the truth, warning the BBC “risks squandering public trust” and that its “reputation is on the line”.
Ms Ward was interviewed for the BBC’s Newsnight programme in November, but the interview was only shown on Panorama this week as the Newsnight investigation was shelved.
Mr Patten told the paper: “Like many who work for the BBC, I feel a sense of particular remorse that abused women spoke to Newsnight, presumably at great personal pain, yet did not have their stories told as they expected.”
Ex-BBC director general Mark Thompson has said the first time he had been made aware of claims that Jimmy Savile had committed serious crimes and that some had taken place while the entertainer was working at the BBC was after he stepped down as director general.
The Sunday Times reported the director general’s office was alerted on at least two occasions that Jimmy Savile had abused children.
The BBC has already announced inquiries into the Savile abuse claims. The first, led by former Sky News head Nick Pollard, is examining whether there were any failings in the BBC’s management of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile abuse claims.
On Monday, former Court of Appeal judge Dame Janet Smith will begin a review into the culture and practices of the corporation during Savile’s time at the BBC. A further review will examine sexual harassment policies at the BBC.