06/12/2012 08:22 GMT | Updated 06/12/2012 12:00 GMT

Max Clifford Arrested By Detectives Investigating Jimmy Savile Sex Abuse Allegations

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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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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