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More showbiz arrests likely as Savile cops question Starr

COMEDIAN Freddie Starr has been released on police bail after being questioned by detectives investigating allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jimmy Savile.

A man named by sources as Starr (69) was arrested in Warwickshire yesterday on suspicion of sexual offences by officers working on Operation Yewtree before being released during the early hours.

His arrest follows that of Gary Glitter on Sunday by officers working on the probe.

At least six other celebrity names are expected to be questioned as part of the Savile probe.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said yesterday's arrest fell under the strand of the investigation termed "Savile and others".

"Officers working on Operation Yewtree yesterday arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," he said.

"The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 5.45pm on suspicion of sexual offences, and was taken into custody. He has since been bailed."

The suspect was released on bail between 1am and 1.30am this morning. The date when he must represent himself to officers is yet to be released by Scotland Yard.

Starr been publicly implicated in the Savile scandal over the past month but has strongly denied the accusations.

Former former pop star Gary Glitter was questioned at a London police station after being detained at his home in the city.

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Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was photographed leaving Charing Cross police station later that day but Scotland Yard did not comment on his release.

Savile, who died last year aged 84, is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims.

Scotland Yard is leading an investigation into the television and radio star's activities.

Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation in the era of Savile's alleged sexual abuse. It is also looking at the decision-making process which saw a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities shelved.

The review, led by Nick Pollard, former head of Sky News, will report back on its findings later this month.

Savile's estate, reportedly worth £4.3m (€5.3m), has been frozen in response to the mounting allegations.

NatWest Bank, which is acting as the Jim'll Fix It presenter's will executor and trustee, yesterday revealed the distribution of his assets had been put on hold in anticipation of legal action from his alleged victims. Savile's will was written in 2006 and bequeaths his savings and other assets to 26 separate beneficiaries,according to reports.

Savile's relatives said they do not want a penny of his estate and called for the cash to be donated to an organisation to tackle sex crimes.

The late presenter's nephew, Guy Marsden (58) said his uncle was "a monster" and it was only right that the money should be given to a police-run anti-paedophile unit, and Savile's victims. Savile's victims are to sue the star's estate to get answers and compensation, and to "move on with their lives", a lawyer said yesterday.

Liz Dux said some alleged victims had not been able to form adult relationships since the attacks.

A solicitor representing alleged victims of Savile said lawyers are also looking into his overseas assets, thought to be administered from tax haven the Channel Islands.

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