Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Man, 65, held in sex offences probe

Scotland Yard said detectives investigating allegations that emerged after the Jimmy Savile scandal had arrested a 65-year-old man in Somerset

A 65-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations that emerged after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

The man was held in Somerset on suspicion of sexual offences, Scotland Yard said.

Allegations against him are not linked to Savile, the force confirmed.

The man is the 12th person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted by allegations against the disgraced television presenter.

On Wednesday, another of the men arrested under Yewtree was charged with five offences.

Driver David Smith faces five charges including two counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

He is the first person to be charged as part of the investigation.

Smith, 66, from Lewisham in south-east London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 8.

All of the counts relate to one alleged victim.

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