Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Travis arrest 'not to do with kids'

DJ Dave Lee Travis said he completely denied wrongdoing

DJ Dave Lee Travis has denied groping two women and stressed that allegations against him have "nothing to do with kids".

The 67-year-old spoke to reporters outside his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and said he did not want his name associated with "bloody evil" child abuse.

He was arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the allegations against him are not linked to the disgraced TV presenter.

Travis said: "This is nothing to do with kids, all right? That's the first thing. Because that to me is the most important thing in the world and I do not wish to have my name sullied around something that bloody evil, to be honest.

"The second thing I want is to say, yes, there's a complete denial there, but there's nothing else I can tell you because otherwise I might be stepping on the police's feet and I don't want to do that because it might affect their investigations."

Travis had already vigorously denied allegations, made last month, that he groped two women while in BBC studios.

The Magic AM presenter was held at 7.45am on Thursday and later released on bail until early January.

He was taken "off air with immediate effect" by the radio station's owners today in the wake of his arrest.

A spokeswoman for Bauer Media, which owns Magic AM, said: "Following the arrest and release on police bail of Dave Lee Travis, Bauer Media has decided to take him off air with immediate effect from his Magic AM weekend shows, which broadcast across the north of England.

"We understand that the allegations about which he was questioned by police pre-date his time as a freelance contributor to Magic AM. While we can make no judgment on the matters under investigation, we believe it would be inappropriate for him to broadcast until they are resolved."

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