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Max Clifford arrested by Yewtree police over fresh sex allegations

By Helen William

Shamed former PR guru Max Clifford has reportedly been arrested over fresh sex allegations.

Scotland Yard said a 71-year-old man has been arrested under Operation Yewtree - the Metropolitan Police investigation into sexual abuse claims launched in October 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Detectives have so far spoken to 17 people as part of the Yewtree investigation. Clifford was the first person convicted under the operation. Scotland Yard refused to confirm the identity of the 71-year-old but said: "This is not a new individual to Operation Yewtree.

"This is not an 18th individual."

The spokesman said the man has been arrested "under the strand of the investigation we have termed Others."

He has been interviewed at a police station in Peterborough and inquiries continue. Clifford is already serving an eight-year jail sentence for indecent assault after being convicted in May last year for assaulting four women and girls, one of whom was aged 15 at the time. The former PR guru was given eight consecutive sentences of between six and 24 months, and was told he must serve half his sentence. In November, Clifford lost an appeal to have his sentence cut. Judges ruled it was "justified and correct".

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