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Ex-DJ Chris Denning arrested by Operation Yewtree police

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Image caption Mr Denning was arrested but not named on Monday

A man arrested by police over sex offences is former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, the BBC understands.

The 72-year-old was questioned on Monday as part of the Operation Yewtree police inquiry set up after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Denning faces allegations unrelated to Savile.

He is the 13th person to have been held as part of Scotland Yard's investigation. He has been bailed until July.

The former DJ was one of the original Radio 1 team when the station was launched in 1967, having been the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the channel took to the air in 1964.

He also worked as a music producer for the Beatles, helped launch the careers of the Bay City Rollers and Gary Glitter and ran his own music and video production business.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying that the previous day a 72-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, taken into police custody and later bailed to return pending further inquiries.

The Met has not named the individual.

Of the 13 Yewtree suspects, two have been charged - PR consultant Max Clifford and David Smith, a driver who used to work for the BBC.

Ex-BBC producers Ted Beston and Wilfred De'Ath and a 65-year-old man who has not been named have all been released without charge.

The eight others, including Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis, Rolf Harris and Jim Davidson, remain on police bail.

Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the investigation, with 450 of those alleging they were sexually abused by Savile.

In January, a joint report by the Met Police and the NSPCC said 214 criminal offences had been formally recorded across 28 police force areas in which Savile is a suspect.

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