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British former pop star Gary Glitter arrested

posted 28 Oct 2012, 06:00 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 28 Oct 2012, 06:01 ]

British police arrest a man, named as former pop star Gary Glitter, in connection with an investigation into sex offences focused on late TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 28, 2012) (UK POOL) -  Former British pop star Gary Glitter was arrested on Sunday (October 28) in connection with an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

A police statement said a man in his 60s was taken into custody at approximately 7:15am (0715 GMT) on suspicion of sexual offences in the investigation into "Savile and others".

The statement did not name the man and a spokesman declined further comment.

The BBC and Sky News identified the man picked up from his London home as Glitter, a 68-year-old who was popular as a glam-rock singer in the 1970s.

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, had previously been jailed in Vietnam for child sex offences.

The arrest widens a scandal that has already damaged the reputation of the publicly-funded BBC and the legacy of Savile, a former DJ who was one of the broadcaster's top show hosts.

Allegations that Savile sexually abused young girls for decades first emerged in an expose on the British TV channel ITV. Since then, police say some 300 alleged victims have come forward.