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'£3.5m' Yewtree inquiry defended

A police investigation sparked by allegations of abuse against DJ Jimmy Savile has cost £3.5 million to date, the country's top police officer has told MPs.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told the Home Affairs Select Committee that Operation Yewtree, which is being in three strands - allegations involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others - had a dedicated team of 20 police officers.

Last week, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini told the same Committee that he and other showbiz figures were used as human ''fly paper'' in the hope that their public identification as sex-abuse suspects would encourage more alleged victims to come forward.

Mr Gambaccini claimed individuals were being ''left out to dry'' by the authorities after police and prosecutors ''sat on'' his case for 12 months before telling him he would not be charged in relation to an allegation of historic sex abuse.

But Sir Bernard defended the record of the multi-million pound inquiry, saying it had secured five convictions and has one man awaiting trial.

However, two were charged but not convicted and a further 10 arrested men were told no further action would be taken.

"Those who were charged and convicted will receive substantial prison sentences," he added.

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