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Freddie Starr rebailed over alleged sex offences

  • 4 December 2013
  • From the section UK
Freddie Starr, pictured in December 2011
Freddie Starr is accused of sex offences being investigated as part of Operation Yewtree

Entertainer Freddie Starr has been bailed again by officers investigating allegations of sexual offences.

The 70-year-old, from Warwickshire, is due to appear before police in February next year.

Starr was first arrested in November 2012 by detectives from Operation Yewtree, a police inquiry set up after the Jimmy Savile abuse revelations.

Starr, known variously as a comedian, impressionist and singer, has lately appeared on TV reality shows.

The Metropolitan Police have not identified the entertainer by name but released a statement saying the man had "now been re-bailed to return pending further inquiries".

Starr has already been rebailed several times.

In June, Starr's lawyer said he hoped to soon be able to clear his name and, in October, his lawyers questioned the length of the investigation.

At the time, police said the delay was the result of the "complex nature" of the inquiry.

'Savile and others'

Starr was re-arrested in April by Yewtree officers when further allegations against him - unconnected to Savile - emerged. He has denied any wrongdoing throughout.

Yewtree is an inquiry into allegations of historical sexual abuse linked to the entertainment industry.

It was launched after it emerged the late BBC Radio One DJ and television presenter Jimmy Savile had subjected hundreds of young people and children to sexual abuse over more than five decades.

The operation has three strands. One concerns Savile's crimes exclusively, while a second relates to allegations against Savile and others.

The third strand concentrates on accusations which emerged as a result of the publicity surrounding Savile but which are unconnected to him.

The allegations against Starr fall under the "Savile and others" strand.