12/02/2014 11:22 GMT | Updated 12/02/2014 11:59 GMT

Freddie Starr Arrested For Fourth Time Over Sex Offence Claims

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File photo dated 16/12/11 of Freddie Starr whose lawyers said they are "astonished" at the length of time a police investigation into alleged sexual offences is taking.

Comedian Freddie Starr has been arrested for a fourth time over allegations of sex offences.

The 71-year-old answered police bail today and was told he faces further claims under Operation Yewtree, the inquiry launched after abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

He was first arrested in November 2012 over allegations linked to Savile, and has been arrested another three times over additional claims that have no link to the late DJ.

Scotland Yard did not name the performer, but released a statement that said: "Today 'Yewtree 2' was further arrested after returning to a police station to answer bail.

"The arrest relates to further allegations made to Operation Yewtree, which falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'. We are not prepared to discuss further."

The inquiry has been divided into three strands - claims involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

Starr's first arrest was under the first strand, and his second, in April last year, third last month and fourth today were under 'others'.

He was released on bail until April.