PR guru Max Clifford has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations.

The 69-year-old was held on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to a central London police station, Sky news reported.

The arrest is believed not to be related to any claims involving Savile, ITV News said.

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Sky Sources: Max Clifford arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of operation Yewtree

An earlier statement from Scotland Yard said:

"Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s [Yewtree 6] in connection with the investigation.

"The man from Surrey was arrested at 07:40hrs on suspicion of sexual offences and has been taken into a central London police station.

"The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Others'.

"We are not prepared to discuss further."

Clifford’s lawyer Charlotte Harris said he would assist the police “as best he can with their inquiries” following his arrest.

Last week a man aged in his 80s from Berkshire was interviewed by detectives, also as part of the investigation that does not directly relate to Savile.

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.

Last month the force said it was dealing with around 450 potential victims, the vast majority of whom claimed they had fallen prey to Savile.

Officers are looking at three strands within their inquiry: claims against Savile, those against Savile and others, and those against others.

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  • POLITICS Francis/Talk Radio

    The man at the centre of the Jeffrey Archer scandal, Ted Francis (left) with his publicist Max Clifford during a press conference at the Talk Radio broadcasting studios in London, following an interview on Derek Hatton Talk Radio Show.

  • MAX CLIFFORD/OJ

    OJ Simpson with publicist Max Clifford at Heathrow airport on his arrival to the United Kingdom.

  • Oxford Union Max Clifford 2

    Showbiz publicist Max Clifford at the Oxford Union tonight (Thursday),where he was invited to address Oxford University students. Photo Tim Ockenden /PA

  • COURTS France/Boycott

    Margaret Moore arrives at court in Grasse, France whilst former Yorkshire and England batsman Geoff Boycott turns his back on her with public relations consultant Max Clifford between the two of them looking on. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA.

  • BOYCOTT Girlfriend Clifford

    Geoffrey Boycott with his girlfriend Rachel Swinglehurst and publicist Max Clifford (left) at Talk Radio in London this morning (Monday). Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA

  • Max Clifford/Wed news conf

    Publicist Max Clifford holds a news conference at the King's College Hospital, London, this evening (Wednesday) where he spoke of his client Mandy Allwood's loss of her four remaining babies. Miss Allwood was admitted to the hospital on Monday after losing three of the eight babies she was expecting. See PA Story HEALTH Allwood. Photo by Rebecca Naden/PA

  • Paul Stone/Clifford 1

    Publicist Max Clifford (left) accompanies teenager Paul Stone into a radio studio in central London this morning (Monday). Mr Stone is the centre of allegations regarding the private life of Tory MP Jerry Hayes and has been secured a publicity deal by Mr Clifford

  • Paul Stone/Clifford 3

    Publicist Max Clifford (LEFT) accompanies teenager Paul Stone into a radio studio in central London this morning (Monday). Mr Stone is the centre of allegations regarding the private life of Tory MP Jerry Hayes and has been secured a publicity deal by Mr Clifford with 'The News of the World' worth 100,000. Mr Clifford admitted that the expose of the married MP's infatuation with the homosexual teenager was timed to undermine the Tory party's lates pre-election campaign on family values. See PA Story POLITICS MP/By Fiona Hanson/PA.

  • Paul Stone/Clifford 4

    Publicist Max Clifford (RIGHT) accompanies teenager Paul Stone as they prepare for an interview in TalkRadio's studio in central London this morning (Monday). Mr Stone is the centre of allegations regarding the private life of Tory MP Jerry Hayes and has been secured a publicity deal by Mr Clifford with 'The News of the World' worth 100,000. Mr Clifford admitted that the expose of the married MP's infatuation with the homosexual teenager was timed to undermine the Tory party's lates pre-election campaign on family values. See PA Story POLITICS MP/By Fiona Hanson/PA.

  • UK: Hells Kitchen - Final Day Of Business

    LONDON - JUNE 6: Max Clifford and Jo Westward arrive for reality television program 'Hell's Kitchen' at Brick Lane on June 6, 2004 in London. The line-up before the first eviction was Abi Titmuss, Jennifer Ellison, Matt Goss, Edwina Currie, Belinda Carlisle, Amanda Barrie, James Dreyfus and Al Murray, working together in a kitchen under the guidance of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Tonight's winner is expected to work alone with Gordon Ramsay's staff at the East End restaurant for conclusion of the series. (Photo by Christopher Jackson/Getty Images)

  • Clifford at Rhys Daniel's funeral

    Publicist Max Clifford arrives at St John the Baptist church in Epping, Essex, for the funeral of Rhys Daniel who died at home after losing his battle against the rare genetic condition, Batten's disease.

  • Variety Club Showbiz Awards

    LONDON - NOVEMBER 13: Max Clifford arrives with a guest at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards, celebrating the best in showbusiness, at the London Hilton, Park Lane on November 13, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

  • Daily Express Life Savers Awards

    LONDON - NOVEMBER 17: PR guru Max Clifford and his wife arrive at the Daily Express Life Savers Awards, which sees the presentation of awards to 10 members of the public or the emergency services who have shown extraordinary bravery in saving the life of another, at The Savoy on November 17, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • Clifford Archer trial

    Publisist Max Cifford arrives at the Old Bailey, London, to give evidence in the trial of Lord Archer. Lord Archer, the best-selling novelist and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, denies perverting the course of justice. He also denies perjury and using a diary as a false instrument in connection with his 1987 libel case against a newspaper.

  • Max Clifford with his daughter Louise

    Publicist Max Clifford with his daughter Louise (who had RA) during the launch of the new charity National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at Guy's Hospital in London. * ....... The charity has been established by and for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating disease that effects 1% of the population of the UK.

  • Max Clifford with his daughter Louise

    Publicist Max Clifford with his daughter Louise (who had RA) during the launch of the new charity National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at Guy's Hospital in London. * ..... The charity has been established by and for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating disease that effects 1% of the population of the UK.

  • Max Clifford with his daughter Louise

    Publicist Max Clifford with his daughter Louise (who had RA) during the launch of the new charity National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at Guy's Hospital in London. * ....... The charity has been established by and for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating disease that effects 1% of the population of the UK.

  • Max Clifford Children of Courage

    Publicist Max Clifford arrives for the annual Woman's Own Children of Courage Awards at Westminster Abbey.

  • Max Clifford Children of Courage

    Publicist Max Clifford arrives for the annual Woman's Own Children of Courage Awards at Westminster Abbey.

  • Max Clifford Children of Courage

    Publicist Max Clifford arrives for the annual Woman's Own Children of Courage Awards at Westminster Abbey.

  • COURTS France/Boycott team 3

    Former Yorkshire and England batsman (centre) Geoff Boycott flanked by witnesses and his legal team with public relations consultant Max Clifford (far left) outside court in Grasse, France today (Tuesday).

  • Showbiz/Clifford & Rinse

    Publicist Max Clifford and Bett Rinse arriving at London's Curzon Mayfair cinema, for the Gala Charity Premiere of the film "The Tichborne Claimant".

  • Max Clifford with his daughter Louise

    Publicist Max Clifford with his daughter Louise (who had RA) during the launch of the new charity National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) at Guy's Hospital in London. * ...... The charity has been established by and for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating disease that effects 1% of the population of the UK.

  • Clifford Shumi restaurant

    Max Clifford arrives for the Shumi restaurant launch party in central London. The Italian eaterie is part-owned by actor Roger Moore's son Geoffrey and is influenced by the Japanese eating style.

  • Clifford Hell's Kitchen

    PR guru Max Clifford arrives at Gordon Ramsay's temporary restaurant in Brick Lane, east London for 'Hell's Kitchen', the ITV reality cooking show featuring 10 celebrities manning the kitchen. Hosted by Angus Deaton, the show will see the worst chefs voted off by the public.

  • SPORT Eriksson 15

    Faria Alam, 38 and Max Clifford in New Bond Street, central London. As Football Association chiefs were today locked in talks over the fate of England coach Sven Goran Eriksson. The organisation's 12-strong board gathered at a London hotel to debate the sex scandal which has engulfed the governing body. Board members were hearing the results of an investigation into how the FA initially denied Eriksson had a relationship with FA secretary Faria Alam, then later had to admit it was true. The FA also confirmed that chief executive Mark Palios had a fling with Ms Alam. Palios resigned on Sunday night over the furore.

  • SHOWBIZ Variety

    Max Clifford arrives for the Variety Club Showbiz awards, at the Park Lane Hilton, central London, Sunday 13 November 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA

  • SHOWBIZ OK

    Max Clifford and Jo Westward arrives at the OK! Magazine 10th anniversary party, at Old Billingsgate, central London.

  • SHOWBIZ OK

    Max Clifford arrives at the OK! Magazine 10th anniversary party, at Old Billingsgate, central London.

  • CLIFFORD/DE SANCHA

    Actress Antonia de Sancha arrives with world famous publicity agent Max Clifford for the film premiere of "Far and Away", starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square in London.

  • HEALTH Max Clifford

    Publicist Max Clifford holds a news conference at the King's College Hospital, London, this afternoon (Tuesday) where he spoke about his client Mandy Allwood. Miss Allwood was admitted to the hospital yesterday after losing three of the eight babies she is expecting. Photo by Tim Dickinson/PA. SEE PA STORY HEALTH Allwood.

  • Disabled Children Livingstone

    Mayor of London Ken Livingstone (R) with pubilist Max Clifford and his disabled daughter Louise outside the Mayor's Office, where they joined other campaigners who are urging the Government to end discrimination against disabled children.

  • Max Clifford

    FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 file photo of celebrity publicist Max Clifford, right, accompanied by his wife, Jo Westwood, as Clifford arrives to testify at the final day of the first phase of the Leveson Inquiry, in central London. British police Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 arrested prominent publicist Max Clifford in connection to the broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the Jimmy Savile case. Clifford’s lawyer, Charlotte Harris, said Clifford would assist the police “as best he can with their inquiries” following his arrest by detective investigating the Savile scandal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

  • Max Clifford

    FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 file photo of celebrity publicist Max Clifford, as he arrives to testify at the final day of the first phase of the Leveson Inquiry, in central London. British police Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 arrested prominent publicist Max Clifford in connection to the broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the Jimmy Savile case. Clifford’s lawyer, Charlotte Harris, said Clifford would assist the police “as best he can with their inquiries” following his arrest by detective investigating the Savile scandal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

  • Operation Yewtree arrest

    File photo dated 26/1/2011 of PR guru Max Clifford who has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

  • Operation Yewtree arrest

    File photo dated 8/5/2007 of PR guru Max Clifford who has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

  • National Television Awards 2011 - Arrivals - London

    Max Clifford and wife Jo arriving for the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

  • SHOWBIZ OK

    Max Clifford arrives at the OK! Magazine 10th anniversary party, at Old Billingsgate, central London.

  • Max Clifford Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend At The La Cala Resort - Day 2

    MARBELLA, SPAIN - JUNE 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stacey Solomon, Nick Knowles and Max Clifford pose with guests at a cocktail in a bar in Marbella during the Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at La Cala Resort on June 10, 2011 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Max Clifford Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend At The La Cala Resort - Day 2

    MARBELLA, SPAIN - JUNE 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Nick Knowles (L) and Max Clifford (R) pose with guests at a cocktail in a bar in Marbella during the Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at La Cala Resort on June 10, 2011 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend At The La Cala Resort

    MIJAS, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Max Clifford speaks during the welcome speech of Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at Salon El Mirador, La Cala Resort on June 9, 2011 in Mijas, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend At The La Cala Resort

    MIJAS, SPAIN - JUNE 09: Max Clifford speaks during the welcome speech of Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at Salon El Mirador, La Cala Resort on June 9, 2011 in Mijas, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)

  • Madonna adopts Malawian child

    Publicist Max Clifford speaks to the press outside Madonna's home in central London.

  • Pride in Britain Clifford

    Publicist Max Clifford with his daughter Louise arrive for The Pride of Britain Awards at the Hilton Hotel in London. The awards pay tribute to those who have most inspired the nation over the past 12 months with their courage, heroism or outstanding achievement.

  • Variety Club Showbiz Awards

    LONDON - NOVEMBER 13: Max Clifford arrives with a guest at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards, celebrating the best in showbusiness, at the London Hilton, Park Lane on November 13, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

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  • Jimmy Savile in 1961 around the time he was working for Radio Luxembourg. He is at London Airport with Pan American stewardess Birgit Johansson with two gold discs; one is for American singer Elvis Presley for having sold one million copies of "It's Now or Never" in the UK, and the other is for Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker

  • Cilla Black and Jimmy Savile before a Variety Club Luncheon at the Savoy Hotel. Taken in 1964, the year Savile became the first presenter of Top of the Pops

  • Two women have come forward with allegations from the 1960s, one who was 14 and another who was a teenager when she claims Savile sexually abused her in Scarborough

  • Savile in 1969 with Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied (PHAB) member Erika Mentz from Germany and other PHAB members at a dance at Devonshire House

  • 1969 also saw Savile begin volunteering at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for specialist spinal injuries. He would later be given a room there

  • Jimmy Savile presenting a cheque to children on behalf of the NSPCC in 1969

  • The 1970s saw Savile start volunteering at Leeds General Infirmary and...

  • ... Broadmoor secure high-security psychiatric hospital. Allegations by former patients have been made against Savile although ex-workers have disputed the idea that he could have been left alone with anyone whilst working there

  • The 70s also saw the start of Jim'll Fix It. Allegations from this period include Caroline Moore, a 13-year-old patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1971, who says Savile "rammed his tongue" down her throat and another allegation accuses Savile of molesting a brain-damaged teenage patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972

  • The 1980s saw the continuation of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It as Savile became a much loved household name. Two allegations relating to this time include one from a then-15-year-old girl (not pictured) who made a complaint of abuse by Savile in Lancashire. Pictured is 12-year-old Rebecca Heap

  • Savile at the Stoke Mandeville hospital with injured children from Beirut in 1987

  • Savile was knighted in 1990 and continued his charity work throughout the decade

  • Savile was questioned in 2007 by police about allegations of sexual abuse but the Crown Prosecution service says there is not enough evidence to warrant a prosecution

  • A 2008 police report into abuse at the Haut de Garenne children's home in Jersey names Savile, although this is never made public

  • Savile re-united with his Jim'll Fix It chair in 2009. The previous year Sussex police received a complaint of sexual assault but went on to say the victim was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation"

  • Jimmy Savile is found dead at the age of 84 in October 2011. He is buried in Scarborough

  • In December 2011 the BBC drop an investigation by Newsnight into the allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. Three tribute programmes are aired instead

  • ITV airs a documentary, 'Exposure, the Other Side of Jimmy Savile', in which a number of women claim they were abused by Savile as youngsters, including Karin Ward (pictured)

  • Within days of the documentary, many more allegations surface. By the 9 October Peter Spindler of the Metropolitan Police tells the BBC: "It is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender"

  • 11 October 2012 and George Entwistle, Director General of the BBC, asks journalists why the Newsnight programme was dropped as police from Tayside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Yorkshire police say they are investigating allegations going back to 1959

  • 12 October and police reveal they have 340 potential lines of inquiry

  • 15 October sees a man come forward alleging that Savile abused him when he was a nine-year-old boyscout

  • Savile's family removed his headstone from his grave and broke it up in the wake of the furore

  • Jimmy Savile sexually abuses transgender man

    A transgender man comes forward alleging that Jimmy Savile 'stuck his hand up his nightdress' while he was a 17-year-old teenage girl at Broadmoor in the 1970's. More here http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/15/jimmy-savile-timeline-abuse-allegations_n_1966426.html?1350304573#slide=1641388