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22/05/2014 15:45 BST | Updated 26/06/2014 19:59 BST

Chris Denning: Former BBC DJ Arrested Over Suspected Sex Offences

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, a colleague of Jimmy Savile, will be charged over a string of alleged sex attacks on boys aged nine to 16, prosecutors have said.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today that Denning is accused of 41 crimes, including 34 counts of indecent assault, on 22 alleged victims between 1967 and 1985.

He was first arrested in June last year by officers from Operation Yewtree, the national investigation triggered after abuse revelations about Jimmy Savile, and then again in September.

None of the claims against Denning relate to the late DJ.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Denning to be charged with 41 offences, including 34 counts of indecent assault. These date from between 1967 and 1985, and relate to 22 male complainants aged between nine and 16 at the time of the alleged offending."

Denning was first arrested by detectives from sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree in June last year, and had been released on bail until tomorrow.

He is now due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Ms Ubhey said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and Crown Prosecution Service legal guidance on rape and child sexual abuse. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."

Prosecutors found that there was not enough evidence to prosecute in connection with three further alleged victims.