Freddie Starr held by Savile investigators
LONDON – Detectives investigating allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jimmy Savile have arrested a man in his 60s. The man – thought to be comedian Freddie Starr – was arrested in Warwickshire yesterday as part of Operation Yewtree.
Starr (69) has been publicly implicated following allegations made about Savile in the past month but has denied the accusations.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this evening, Thursday 1st November, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation.
“The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 17.45hrs on suspicion of sexual offences and has been taken into police custody locally.” The spokesman said the arrest fell under the strand of the investigation termed “Savile and others”.
Meanwhile, Savile’s estate has been frozen in response to the mounting sexual abuse claims against the late television and radio star. NatWest Bank, which is acting as the Jim’ll Fix It presenter’s will executor and trustee, said the distribution of his assets had been put on hold because of the allegations. The estate is reportedly worth £4.3 million.