Inquiry widened into Manchester sexual abuse claims

Police who arrested Jimmy Savile's former chauffeur and a second man on suspicion of rape have said they are looking into 17 separate complaints.

Ray Teret, 71, and another man aged 61, were arrested in Altrincham on Friday, over allegations unconnected to the Savile inquiry, police said.

Greater Manchester Police had been investigating three complaints.

A further 14 potential victims of sexual abuse dating back to the 60s and 70s have since been identified.

'Wide-ranging and complex'

The allegations cover a period from 1962 to 1979, with offences said to have occurred in Sale and Altrincham.

There are no complaints that Savile was either present or involved in the alleged crimes, Greater Manchester Police added.

Mr Teret, who was also Savile's former flatmate, and the 61-year-old man have been released on police bail until 29 November, pending further inquiries.

Det Insp Simon Davies said: "Because of the number of victims who have come forward since last week, our investigation is now both wide-ranging and complex and clearly we need to investigate every complaint thoroughly, which will take time."

Savile, who died last year aged 84, is being investigated by the Met Police's Operation Yewtree into claims he sexually abused as many as 300 young people over a 40-year period.

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