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Gary Glitter arrested in Jimmy Savile abuse investigation

The former rocker, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested this morning and is in custody at a London police station.

Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

THE FORMER ROCK STAR Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has been arrested by police in London investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against the former TV host Jimmy Savile.

The 68-year-old musician was arrested at his home at about 7:15am this morning by officers involved in Operation Yewtree, the investigation into the claims against Savile.

“The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others’,” a police statement said.

It was alleged earlier this week that Savile, the former host of shows such as Jim’ll Fix It and Top of the Pops, was present while girls were abused in his dressing room by others.

Police have described Savile as a “predatory sex offender” and are following over 400 lines of inquiry into alleged abuse by Savile, who died last year.

Gadd was a popular glam rock musician in the 1970s and 1980s, but his legacy was tarnished when he was jailed over child sex offences in Vietnam in 2006.

Read: ‘We knew nothing of the firestorm of allegations to come’ – Savile family statement

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