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UK game show host Jimmy Tarbuck arrested for child abuse

In the 'seriously, enough already' news department, another well-known British television presenter is in hot water for his role in a child sexual abuse case.

Jimmy Tarbuck

Jimmy Tarbuck, comedian and host of several television variety and game shows in his 50-year career, was arrested by North Yorkshire police twelve days ago. The arrest stems from information gathered as part of Operation Yewtree, with Metropolitan police passing along information on a case from the 1970s to Yorkshire police. However, the case is not considered directly related to the Yewtree probe.

"North Yorkshire police can confirm that a 73-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a historic child sex abuse investigation in Harrogate," a Scotland Yard spokesperson said. "The man was arrested in Kingston upon Thames on Friday 26 April 2013. Following questioning, he was released on police bail pending further inquiries. The complaint relates to an incident that occurred in the late 1970s when the victim was a young boy. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."

Tarbuck is perhaps best known for his hosting duties on shows such as "Winner Takes All," "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" and "Full Swing." He joins a growing list of UK television presenters that have come under investigation for sexual abuse cases involving minors in the 1960s and 1970s, including Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris.


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