Savile's ex-driver arrested over rape allegations
Published 09/11/2012 | 05:00
JIMMY Savile's former flatmate and chauffeur has been arrested over abuse allegations.
Ray Teret was held by officers from Greater Manchester Police, but the force said the accusations are not linked to the national inquiry into abuse by disgraced TV presenter Savile.
Two men, aged 61 and 71, were arrested in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, by detectives investigating three separate claims of sexual abuse.
Both the men were arrested on suspicion of rape.
Detective Inspector Simon Davies said: "The arrest follows an investigation by the serious sexual offences unit into three separate allegations of historic sexual abuse which have been reported to Greater Manchester Police since October 28.
"I want to make it absolutely clear that this is not an investigation into the late Jimmy Savile, nor do any of the allegations relate to any involvement by Savile."
"The victims who have come forward have shown tremendous courage and our primary focus is to support these victims during what is clearly a very traumatic time for them. We have a duty to investigate their complaints thoroughly."
Yesterday Savile's nephew Guy Marsden backed calls for the body of the 'Top of the Pops' presenter to be exhumed and cremated.
He said he "100pc" supported families who called for Savile's body to be moved away from the graves of their loved ones in Scarborough's Woodlands Cemetery following claims that Savile abused 300 people over six decades.
Mr Marsden, from Leeds, said: "If it was one of mine who was buried there, I wouldn't like it if someone like Jimmy was in the same place." Calls to dig up the late BBC star were made public at a Scarborough Borough Council meeting on Monday, during which the council voted to remove his name from its Freedom of the Borough honours list.
Councillor Colin Haddington said the family of a young child buried very close to Savile's grave was particularly distressed. But council leaders said the decision to move the disgraced presenter could only be made by Savile's family and they had no current plans to exhume the body.
Meanwhile, Downing Street warned against "trial by Twitter" yesterday after broadcaster Phillip Schofield brandished a list of names of alleged paedophiles gleaned from the internet during a live TV interview with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Schofield was forced to apologise after the names -- understood to be Conservative Party figures -- were briefly exposed on screen as he passed the list to Mr Cameron on ITV1's 'This Morning'. Speaking on 'This Morning', Mr Cameron resisted calls from Labour for a single over-arching "mega-inquiry" into claims of child abuse involving BBC presenter Jimmy Savile and NHS hospitals.
Mr Schofield had pressed him to conduct his own investigation into allegations against prominent Tories, handing him a card bearing a list of names which he said he had found in a cursory three-minute trawl on the internet.
Although Mr Schofield appeared to be trying to keep the card turned away from the cameras and the names were only visible for a fraction of a second, it is possible the identities of individuals may have been disclosed, potentially leaving ITV exposed to legal action.