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Rolf Harris arrested on abuse charges

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Operation Yewtree continues to send shock waves through the world of British light entertainment. The latest celebrity to be caught up in the investigation is national treasure Rolf Harris. The Sun reports that the entertainer has been arrested on charges related to historic sex abuse allegations.

The paper reports that police have been investigating the Australian Harris since last November. At that time he was interviewed under caution in South London on November 29. The investigation proceeded and Harris was arrested on March 28. His representatives have refused to comment on the arrest.

Police were reticent about the details. Their statement offered the bare facts: "An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences. He has been bailed to a date in May pending further enquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'."

Harris had been named on social media by hundreds of people as being under investigation and was under close media scrutiny, but the police had refused to confirm that he was part of the investigation. Since Operation Yewtree began in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, there has been feverish speculation about other celebrities involved in the inquiry and some criticism of the way that the investigation has been conducted. Those arrested have included Freddie Starr, Stuart Hall, Jim Davidson, Dave Lee Travis, PR man Max Clifford and Gary Glitter. A Crown Prosecution Office official told The Sun to expect further high-profile arrests.

Harris has worked in the UK in children’s entertainment and TV for over 60 years. He had hit singles with 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport' and 'Two Little Boys'. In recent years he has maintained his popularity with regular college tours and appearances at Glastonbury, in addition to his TV work.

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