Freddie Starr
The comedian has been taken into custody by police investigation into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations.

Comedian Freddie Starr has been released on bail by police investigating the Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations.

Starr was released in the early hours of the morning, having been arrested and questioned by police last night over claims that he molested an under-age girl during the 1970s.

"Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this evening, 1 November, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," the Metropolitan Police confirmed at the time of the arrest.

"The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 17.45hrs on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into police custody locally.

"The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'."

The arrest came days after the 69-year-old funnyman denied claims that he groped a 14-year-old girl in Savile's BBC dressing room.

Karin Ward alleged that he molested her during the filming of the Jimmy Savile BBC show Clunk Click, which ran for two years from 1973.

The Yewtree team is following more than 400 lines of inquiry stemming from the Savile abuse claims and detectives said they have identified 300 potential victims.