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Jim Davidson 'arrested by Jimmy Savile police on suspicion of sex abuse'

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Jim Davidson has been arrested by police investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

The 59-year-old comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree and has since been released on bail, according to The Sun.

Jim Davidson at the funeral of celebrity chef Keith Floyd at Ashton Court, Bristol, Britain - 30 Sep 2009

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The former Generation Game host's solicitor Henri Brandman said that the star "vigorously denies" the allegations against him.

Brandman's statement read: "Two women have made allegations in respect of Jim that date back approximately 25 years. The complainants were then in their mid-20s."

Davidson is said to have been detained at Heathrow Airport in London after flying to the UK ahead of a rumoured appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.

He was arrested in West London at noon and taken into custody at a nearby police station. Plain clothes police officers had allegedly arrived at his Stockbridge home earlier, with one holding evidence bags.

Meanwhile, a second unnamed man aged 53 has also been arrested at a Hampshire address and taken to a station for questioning as part of the investigation. He has since been bailed.

Veteran comic Jim Davidson arrrives at Norwich County Court, to face a damages claim bought by retired deputy head, Mary Kyne, who injured her back in a fall at a pier complex that was run by the entertainer in Oct 2003

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The men are the ninth and tenth people arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, an investigation into the sexual abuse claims against Savile and 'others'.

Police have been quoted as saying that the two men were not directly connected to Savile, saying: "Both individuals fall under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'."

Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr and Max Clifford are among other high-profile names who have been arrested as part of the operation.

Gary Glitter is bailed following his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree

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Max Clifford, Belgravia police station,

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Pictured above: Gary Glitter, left, and Max Clifford, right, are bailed after their respective arrests

An unnamed TV star in his 80s reportedly spent Christmas at a rehab facility after being quizzed by police.

Jimmy Savile's alleged sexual abuse victims were recently claimed to have numbered as many as 450.

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