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Former British pop star Gary Glitter arrested

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British pop star Gary Glitter was arrested on Sunday in connection with an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, the BBC said.
/ Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British pop star Gary Glitter was arrested on Sunday in connection with an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, the BBC said.

A police statement said a man in his 60s had been picked up just after 7 am (0700 GMT) on suspicion of sexual offences in the investigation into "Savile and others". The statement did not name the man and a spokesman declined further comment.

The arrest widens a scandal that has already damaged the reputation of the publicly-funded BBC and the legacy of Savile, a former DJ who was one of the broadcaster's top show hosts.

The BBC and Sky News identified the man picked up from his London home as Glitter, a 68-year-old who was popular as a glam-rock singer in the 1970s. Glitter, born Paul Gadd, had previously been jailed in Vietnam for child sex offences.

Allegations that Savile sexually abused young girls for decades first emerged in an expose on the British TV channel ITV. Since then, police say some 300 victims had come forward.

(Reporting by Alessandra Rizzo; Editing by Myra MacDonald)