Ray Teret charged with sex offences against teen girls

Ray Teret
Image caption The accusations against Ray Teret are not linked to the inquiry into abuse by Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile's former chauffeur Ray Teret has been charged with historical sex offences involving 15 teenage girls, police have said.

He was arrested by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) earlier this week when he answered bail in relation to a separate set of allegations.

Police had said the accusations were not linked to the national inquiry into abuse by disgraced broadcaster Savile.

The 72-year-old worked as a pirate radio DJ in the 1960s.

'Complex investigation'

He is charged with various offences including the rape and attempted rape of girls under 16 and of possessing an indecent image of a child.

They allegedly took place between 1962 and 1996, primarily in the Greater Manchester area, GMP said.

"This has been a complex investigation that was originally launched in October 2012 when an initial complaint was made to Greater Manchester Police," DCI Graham Brock said.

He added: "It is now very important that we make no further comment and allow the correct legal process to take its course unimpeded and without prejudice.

"We will continue to support all those women who have come forward and offer them whatever welfare they need through the use of specially-trained officers."

Mr Teret is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Saturday.