Wednesday 13 December 2017

BBC DJ Travis re-arrested over sex allegations

FORMER BBC radio presenter Dave Lee Travis has been re-arrested over further allegations of sex offences.

Travis (67) was first arrested last November by detectives working on Operation Yewtree, an inquiry centred on claims against the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile. Travis has denied any impropriety.

Savile was one of Britain's biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s but since his 2011 death police have discovered that he carried out sex crimes on an unprecedented scale.

Police said "Yewtree 4" – their arrest identification for Travis – was quizzed over new allegations on Monday.

He was later released on bail until April.

"On his return on March 11, the man in his 60s was further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree," a police spokesman said.

A number of high-profile figures, including Jim Davidson, a comedian who hosted prime-time shows on the BBC in the 1990s, and Max Clifford, Britain's most high-profile celebrity publicist, have also been arrested by Operation Yewtree detectives.

Police have been examining three categories of alleged offences: those involving only Savile, which make up the majority of cases; those involving Savile and others; and those which had no direct link to Savile. The arrest of Travis falls into the last category.

Irish Independent

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