David­son ar­rested by Sav­ile of­fi­cers

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CO­ME­DIAN Jim David­son was ar­rested yes­ter­day af­ter al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual of­fences were made against him by two women dat­ing back 25 years.

David­son, 59, who was due to ap­pear on tonight’s Celebrity Big Brother on Chan­nel 5, was de­tained at Heathrow Air­port af­ter fly­ing in yes­ter­day.

He was one of two men ar­rested by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice on sus­pi­cion of sex­ual abuse.

David­son and a 53-year-old man, who was ar­rested in Hamp­shire, were later re­leased on bail un­til March pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

Henri Brand­man, David­son’s lawyer, said his client “vig­or­ously de­nies” the claims against him. “He an­swered po­lice ques­tions as fully as he was able af­ter this pas­sage of time. He has not been charged with any of­fence,” he said.

The ar­rests were part of Op­er­a­tion Yewtree set up fol­low­ing the Jimmy Sav­ile scan­dal.

Thurs­day 3 Jan­uary 2013 Co­ME­dIAn Jim david­son “vig­or­ously de­nies” sex abuse al­le­ga­tions made against him by two women, his so­lic­i­tor said in a state­ment last night.

The former Gen­er­a­tion Game and Big Break host was ques­tioned by de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Jimmy Sav­ile sex abuse scan­dal over al­le­ga­tions dat­ing back 25 years, his so­lic­i­tor Henri Brand­man said.

But the al­le­ga­tions are not di­rectly linked to Sav­ile, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said.

david­son, 59, was re­port­edly ar­rested at Heathrow Air­port yes­ter­day as he re­turned to the uK to be a con­tes­tant on Chan­nel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

In a state­ment, Mr Brand­man said: “Two women have made al­le­ga­tions in re­spect of Jim that date back ap­prox­i­mately 25 years. The com­plainants were then in their mid-20s. Jim vig­or­ously de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

“He an­swered po­lice ques­tions as fully as he was able af­ter this pas­sage of time. He has not been charged with any of­fence.

“nei­ther he nor I will be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment.”

Scot­land Yard said ear­lier that a 59-year-old was held in west Lon­don at around noon yes­ter­day af­ter a 53-year-old had been ar­rested in Hamp­shire at around 8am, both on sus­pi­cion of sex­ual of­fences linked to op­er­a­tion Yewtree.

Scot­land lead­ing the na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions against Sav­ile and a num­ber of other high-pro­file fig­ures. The in­quiry has been sep­a­rated into three strands – claims against Sav­ile, those in­volv­ing Sav­ile and oth­ers, and those in­volv­ing oth­ers.

Both in­di­vid­u­als in the david­son sit­u­a­tion fall un­der the strand “oth­ers”.

Chan­nel 5 would not com­ment, but david­son will not now be tak­ing part in Celebrity Big Brother, which re­turns to screens this evening, and pro­gramme chiefs are be­lieved to be re­jig­ging the line-up at the last moment.

david­son found fame as a stand-up co­me­dian be­fore pre­sent­ing tele­vi­sion favourites in­clud­ing The Gen­er­a­tion Game and Big Break.

He founded the Bri­tish Forces Foun­da­tion char­ity in 1999 to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment for Bri­tish troops around the world. In 2001 he was made an oBE for his ser­vices to char­ity.

Six men and a woman were ear­lier seen leav­ing david­son’s house in Stock­bridge, Hamp­shire, car­ry­ing boxes.

The men, wear­ing smart trousers and jumpers, left the coun­try cot­tage at about 7pm in three cars.

Ear­lier, one of the cars, a BMW fit­ted with rear siren lights sim­i­lar to an un­marked po­lice car, ar­rived at the prop­erty and two men wear­ing black com­bat trousers and black jack­ets en­tered the prop­erty be­fore leav­ing a short while later.

The group car­ried boxes and other items wrapped in brown pa­per which they placed in the cars be­fore driv­ing off.

When asked, they would not con­firm that they were po­lice of­fi­cers.

So far, of­fi­cers have ques­tioned ten peo­ple, in­clud­ing former pop star Gary Glit­ter, co­me­dian Fred­die Starr and Pr guru Max Clif­ford.

Some 589 peo­ple have come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the scan­dal, with a to­tal of 450 com­plaints against the BBC pre­sen­ter and dJ, mainly al­leg­ing sex­ual abuse.

A po­lice of­fi­cer out­side Jim David­son’s Hamp­shire home yes­ter­day

Jim david­son has not been charged with any of­fence

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