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Jimmy Savile probe is no witch-hunt: police

BY Margaret Davis

Britain's most senior police officer has dismissed claims that the investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has turned into a witch-hunt.

It follows comments by former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah, recently cleared of raping a schoolgirl in the 1990s, who also told BBC Radio 5 Live at the weekend that the inquiry was mostly "based on emotion".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe defended the probe, Operation Yewtree, saying sex crime claims could not be ignored.

He said: "I don't think it's a witch-hunt at all, we're just going where the evidence takes us and victims are making allegations.

"The alternative is to ignore them, and if you look at Yewtree the broad allegation is that they have been ignored for 20, 30 years and if we were to ignore them now that would just compound the issue.

"These things are hard to investigate. Obviously it's a serious issue for the suspect who's under investigation after that time, but we don't take these things on lightly, and we do try to keep it confidential."

The first arrest in the inquiry was former pop star Gary Glitter. Another eight men remain on police bail including Jim Davidson, Freddie Starr and Rolf Harris.

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