Savile colleague arrested over suspected sexual offences

November 16, 2012 - 1:13:03 am

LONDON: Radio and TV presenter Dave Lee Travis was reportedly arrested yesterday as part of the British police investigation set up in the wake of allegations against his BBC colleague Jimmy Savile.

Police said a man in his 60s was being held on suspicion of sexual offences, although they did not officially name him.

But British media widely reported that Travis, 67, was being questioned by detectives.

Travis, nicknamed the Hairy Cornflake, worked with Savile at BBC Radio 1 during the 1970s and 1980s and was one of the most recognisable faces in British broadcasting.

Last year Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said his World Service music request show had helped her to get through more than two decades under house arrest.

There is no suggestion that any accusations of paedophilia have been made against him, although two women have alleged in recent weeks that he groped them in the 1970s. He strongly denied the allegations when they were made.

Savile, one of the BBC’s biggest stars for more than two decades, is believed to have preyed on under-age girls, sometimes on BBC premises.

Police yesterday said the number of victims in the Savile investigation has risen to 450 from the figure of 300 it gave last month. Although the vast majority of allegations are against the eccentric presenter, who died last year at the age of 84, the Scotland Yard probe has widened to include other figures in the entertainment industry. Former glam rock star and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and a 73-year-old man have been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.

Meanwhile, the BBC yesterday said it would reach a settlement with a senior British politician whom it implicated in child sex abuse allegations. Lord Alistair McAlpine said in an interview that the BBC could have saved “a lot of agonising and money” by simply contacting him before showing a TV report implicating him in a paedophile ring at a children’s home in Wales. AFP