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Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offenses by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

He has been taken from his home into custody at a London police station.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for child sex offenses.

Police are investigating allegations the late TV presenter Savile sexually abused some 300 young people over a 40-year period.

Met Police confirmed officers from Operation Yewtree had “arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation”.

“The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offenses. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others’.”

Scotland Yard has said it is following about 400 lines of inquiry as part of the operation – which is looking into claims Savile, who died last year aged 84, abused hundreds of young girls and some boys.

Police described former BBC DJ Savile as a “predatory sex offender”.

Karin Ward – a former pupil at Duncroft approved school for girls in Surrey – told the BBC she had once seen singer Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s dressing room at the BBC. Glitter has denied the allegations.

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