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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man (80) held in Savile probe

An 80-year-old man has been arrested over sex crime allegations linked to disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

The pensioner was held on suspicion of sexual offences in south London yesterday and has been taken into custody.

He is the 14th person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, the investigation prompted by abuse claims made against late DJ Savile.

A number of celebrities have been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, including former pop star Gary Glitter, comedians Jim Davidson and Freddie Starr, and TV presenter Rolf Harris.

VIDEO CHARGE IN FUSILIER KILLING

A 22-year-old man has been charged with terror offences for allegedly making videos about the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, including one called Muslim Laughs At British Soldier Killing.

Royal Barnes, from east London, is accused of creating clips about the father-of-one's death, publishing a statement glorifying terrorism and inciting terrorism overseas.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday.

NY STOP AND SEARCH RULING

A US judge has appointed a monitor to oversee the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-search policy, saying it intentionally discriminates based on race

The judge yesterday ruled in favour of four men who said they were unfairly targeted.

Police have made about 5m stops over the past decade, mostly of black and Hispanic men. The mayor and police commissioner have defended the practice as a life-saving tool.

OBAMA CLOWN SPARKS PROTEST

A clown wearing a President Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair event this weekend, and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull".

A spokesman for Democratic Governor Jay Nixon called the performance "disrespectful and offensive".

State fair officials said the show was "inappropriate" and "does not reflect the opinions or standards" of the fair.

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