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Two men held in Jimmy Savile sex abuse probe

By Steve Anderson

Two men in their 50s have been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, Scotland Yard confirmed today.





A 53-year-old man was held in Hampshire at around 8am and a 59-year-old was arrested in west London at around midday by officers from Operation Yewtree, both on suspicion of sexual offences.



The Metropolitan Police said the allegations were not directly linked to Savile.



Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into allegations against disgraced television presenter Savile and a number of other high-profile figures.



They have separated the inquiry into three strands: claims against Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others. The latest arrests fall under the "others" strand.



So far, officers have questioned 10 people including former pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and PR guru Max Clifford. All of whom deny allegations against them.



Last month police said a total of 31 allegations of rape had been made against former Top Of The Pops presenter Savile.



Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints against the BBC presenter and DJ, mainly alleging sexual abuse.



Detectives have recorded 199 crimes in 17 force areas in which Savile is a suspect.

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