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Freddie Starr will not be prosecuted over allegations of sexual offences

The 71-year-old was arrested in relation to sexual offences according to 13 alleged victims.

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FREDDIE STARR will not be prosecuted over allegations of sexual offences according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 71-year-old was arrested in relation to sexual offences according to 13 alleged victims.

He was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree which was set up after revelations about Jimmy Saville.

Starr will not be prosecuted because there is “insufficient evidence” in relation to the allegations made by the 13 individuals.

In relation to one further complaint, the Crown Prosecution Service said ”a prosecution would not be in the public interest”.

Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London, said:

Having carefully reviewed this case, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Freddie Starr in relation to allegations of sexual offences made by 13 individuals.

“Each allegation was considered on its own merits and we have concluded that the available evidence does not offer a realistic prospect of conviction for any of the alleged offences.

In relation to one further complainant, we have decided that although there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, according to the Code for Crown Prosecutors, a prosecution would not be in the public interest.

Ubhey added that “It must be remembered that a determination by a prosecutor that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute under the Code does not mean that the suspect is guilty of the offence.

“Prosecutors have to consider whether there is enough evidence to bring a case to trial but deciding whether an offence has been committed is entirely a matter for courts and juries and every suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

Those who made the complaints against Starr have been informed about the developments.

The Crown Prosecution Service said “We will be writing to them to more fully explain our decision.”

Mr Starr was first arrested in November 2012 and was released on bail several times over the following 18 months.

 

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