6 Feb 2015

Rolf Harris 'quizzed over sex offences'

11:31 am on 6 February 2015

There are reports the Australian entertainment Rolf Harris has been questioned by British police over further allegations of sexual offences.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central London on July 4, 2014.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central London on July 4, 2014. Photo: AFP

Scotland Yard did not name him, but said an 84-year-old was questioned at a police station in Stafford.

He was questioned by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual abuse allegations that have arisen since Jimmy Savile was accused, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Operation Yewtree had three strands. One concerns Savile's crimes, whilst another related to allegations against Savile and others.

The third strand, under which Mr Harris was questioned, concentrates on accusations unconnected to the Savile investigations but which emerged as a result of the publicity surrounding the late DJ.

Several well-known public figures had been jailed following trials brought under the Yewtree investigations.

Gary Glitter was found guilty of historical sex abuse on Thursday, while PR figure Max Clifford and former BBC radio presenter Chris Denning were both successfully prosecuted.

Ex-BBC Radio One host Dave Lee Travis was given a suspended sentence for indecent assault following a similar investigation.

Mr Harris has appeared on TV screens as a children's entertainer, songwriter and entertainer.

He is also an artist and painted a portrait of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday in 2006.

During his career he was made an OBE, MBE and CBE.

In July, he was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after being found guilty on 12 charges of indecent assault on four victims aged between 8 and 19 between 1969 and 1986.

- BBC

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