Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, Scotland Yard said on Wednesday.

A 53-year-old was held in Hampshire at around 8am and a 59-year-old in west London at around midday, both on suspicion of sexual offences.

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into allegations against disgraced television presenter Savile and a number of other high-profile figures.

They have separated the inquiry into three strands: claims against Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

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Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal

"Both individuals fall under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'," police said.

They are the ninth and 10th people to be arrested as part of the probe in which police have questioned former pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and PR guru Max Clifford.

Last month police said a total of 31 allegations of rape had been made against former Top Of The Pops presenter Savile.

Some 589 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints against the BBC presenter and DJ, the majority alleging sexual abuse.

Detectives have recorded 199 crimes in 17 force areas in which Savile is a suspect.

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