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Jimmy Savile's former radio producer Ted Beston arrested on suspicion of sexual offences
Police arrested producer this morning and took him to London police station
Eighth arrest as part of Scotland Yard's Savile probeBeston, known as 'Uncle Ted', worked with Savile on his radio showsProducer has been bailed to return on date in February
00:06 GMT, 20 December 2012
Held: Ted Bestonhas been arrested by police on suspicion of molesting young girls while working as a producer on Jimmy Savile's shows
A former BBC producer was arrested yesterday by police investigating claims he molested young women while working for Jimmy Savile.
Ted Beston, 76, was held at his home in Bromley, South London, at 6.30am and taken to a police station.
He became a close friend of Savile’s while working for years as his producer on Radio 1 on shows including Savile’s Travels.
Beston is accused of procuring girls for Savile and other men to molest in the 1960s and 1970s.
Some women have also claimed that he sexually assaulted them himself.
Beston categorically denied the allegations, saying: ‘I can’t see why the accusations have been made. I knew Jimmy had girlfriends around the country but I was totally unaware of any under-aged children.’
He is the eighth man to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the Savile sex abuse investigation. He was bailed until February.
In Savile's Travels, Savile travelled across the UK talking to members of the public.
They also worked together on the Jimmy Savile Old Record Club and the Double Top Ten Show.
Mr Beston produced several shows for Savile and also used his skills producing hit shows for DJ Mike Read and latterly Simon Mayo's Breakfast Show in the 80s.
Savile affectionately referred to Mr Beston on air as 'Uncle Ted'.
Throughout the course of today there have been signs of police activity at Mr Beston's house.
Three men in suits were seen leaving the premises in two cars carrying a large black holdall and three sealed black bin liners.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said today : 'A man arrested earlier today in connection with Operation
Yewtree – [Yewtree 8] has this afternoon left police premises.
'He has been bailed to return on a date in February 2013.
Ted Beston's house in Bromley, Kent, as police take away black bags and a holdhall from the property today
Beston is the eighth man to be arrested as part of the investigation. Pictured is a man in a suit carrying a large black holdall
Throughout today there have been signs of police activity at Mr Beston's house, pictured
'The man, who is in his 70s and from London, was arrested at 06.30hrs on
suspicion of sexual offences and taken into custody at a south London
'The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed “Savile and others”.'
The force is leading the national
probe into claims made against the disgraced TV presenter and figures in
the entertainment industry.
It is understood that up to 25 celebrities have been named to police.
A source with knowledge of the inquiry told the Sunday Times: 'They all tend to be white men of the Savile generation'.
In some cases victims will not be identified or press charges. But in at least a dozen cases, police are reported to believe there is enough evidence for the celebrities to be arrested.
The investigation has three strands, one dealing with allegations directly involving Jimmy Savile, the second involving allegations against associates of the disgraced DJ and the third involving 'others'.
Operation Yewtree has already cost around 2million and involves a team of 30 officers.
PR guru Max Clifford (left) leaves his Surrey home after being arrested by police. (Right) Former BBC producer Wilfred De'ath was arrested at an earlier date. Both were bailed
Dave Lee Travis (left) was arrested at his Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire home in November. Gary Glitter (right) was arrested and bailed in October
Last week a man from London in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
PR guru Max Clifford was arrested earlier on suspicion of sexual offences but was later bailed as part of the probe.
A man aged in his 80s from Berkshire was interviewed by detectives three weeks ago.
Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis and a man in his 70s, reported to be former television producer Wilfred De'Ath, have been arrested and bailed as part of the probe.
Officers are looking at claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.
Last week police revealed a total of 31 allegations of rape have been made against Jimmy Savile.
Detectives said they had received 199 complaints of sex attacks against the late BBC star from 450 different people.
Savile is said to have carried out the attacks in 17 police force areas.
Detectives said that 589 complainants – the majority of whom were young girls at the times of the alleged incidents – had contacted police as part of a wider inquiry into sexual attacks carried out by Savile and others.