Also from the BBC:

Glitter is the first person to be arrested in connection with the Met’s Savile abuse inquiry.

Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard’s name for their investigation into the sex scandal of and around the formerly beloved Jimmy Savile, has rounded up Gary Glitter in the course of its work. As the police state:

Operation Yewtree, the enquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jimmy Savile and others, has moved from an assessment to a formal criminal investigation. After two weeks of gathering information from both the public and a number of organisations, in excess of 400 lines of enquiry have been assessed and over 200 potential victims have been identified.

Commander Peter Spindler said: “The public’s response to this issue has been astounding. We are dealing with alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale. The profile of this operation has empowered a staggering number of victims to come forward to report the sexual exploitation which occurred during their childhood.

The Guardian explains Glitter’s history:

Glitter was jailed for four months in the UK in 1999 after admitting possessing a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused. In 2006, he was sentenced to three years in jail by a Vietnamese court for sexually molesting two girls. Glitter had always maintained he was innocent of the charges.

And The Telegraph reports:

The 68 year-old was held by detectives from Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jimmy Savile and others.

The former 70s pop star was arrested at 7.15am today in Marylebone, north London, on suspicion of “sexual offences” and taken to a station in the capital.

Later a team of detectives searched Glitter’s house and seized a number of items which were carried out in a black sports bag and a garbage bag. Today’s dramatic arrest is the first by officers from the newly formed task force.

Earlier this month it was alleged that Glitter raped a girl of 13 in his dressing room at BBC’s television centre.

While Al-Jazeera looks at the fallout around the BBC from the scandal:

The scandal has raised troubling questions about the BBC‘s management and its workplace culture in the past.

Revelations that an investigation by Newsnight, the BBC‘s flagship TV news show, was shelved last December led to claims bosses at the broadcaster knew about the allegations but kept quiet.

“Can it really be the case that no one knew what he was doing? Did some turn a blind eye to criminality?” asked Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust which oversees the broadcaster, writing in the Mail on Sunday.

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