This was the dramatic moment today when Gary Glitter was taken from his home after being arrested for questioning in connection with the Jimmy Savile scandal following allegations of sexual offences. Wearing a bobble hat, thick grey coat, grey trousers, black gloves and sunglasses, the 68-year-old disgraced pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, left his central London house at around 7:15am. Glitter, originally from Banbury, Oxfordshire, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with Operation Yewtree - the Savile probe - and taken into custody.
Pop star: Glitter was today arrested at his home after being accused of sexual offences in connection with the Jimmy Savile scandal
Taken away: The Metropolitan Police swooped this morning at 7:15am to arrest the 68-year-old pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, at his London house
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Officers working on Operation Yewtree have today, 28 October, arrested a man in his 60s ('Yewtree 1') in connection with the investigation. ‘The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 0715hrs on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into custody at a London police station.
Scotland Yard is probing around 400 lines of inquiry over claims regarding Savile, who has been described by police as 'predatory sex offender'. Glitter, 68, had a successful music career as a rockstar in the 1970s but he was jailed for molesting two girls aged 11 and 10 in Vietnam in 2006, later returning to the UK in 2008. Meanwhile, a video has emerged of a moment on live TV when Savile groped a petrified teenager. Sylvia Edwards can be seen sitting next to Savile on Top Of The Pops as he announces the next song to viewers, surrounded by a group of teenage girls, after the recording appeared on YouTube.
Jailed: Gary Glitter sits flanked by Vietnamese police in 2006 as he was sentenced to
three years in prison for committing obscene acts with two underage girls in Vietnam
Probe: Police are investigating devastating claims that Jimmy Savile, who died last year,
sexually abused 300 young people over a 40-year period
But then a horrified Sylvia leaps off of her chair, shrieks and tried to move away from smirking Savile, who calmly talks into the camera. The presenter grins as he shoves his hand up her skirt, tries to grab her bottom and fondles her - as she clearly looks distressed and attempts to wriggle free from him. Elsewhere BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten wrote in today's Mail on Sunday that he is determined to 'get to the bottom of the Savile scandal' and ensure the BBC learns lessons from it. He said: 'Today, like many who work for the BBC, I feel a sense of particular remorse that abused women spoke to Newsnight, presumably at great personal pain, yet did not have their stories told as they expected. On behalf of the BBC, I apologise unreservedly.'
GLITTER: FROM STAR OF 1970s GLAM ROCK TO DISGRACED SEX OFFENDER
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