Jimmy Tarbuck rebailed over Harrogate sex abuse allegations

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Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been rebailed over allegations of historic child sex abuse said to have happened in Harrogate in the late 1970s.

The television presenter was first arrested and questioned by North Yorkshire Police in April last year.

A spokesman for the force, which has still not named Tarbuck formally, confirmed this morning a 73-year-old man has been re-bailed pending further enquiries.

Police had previously said the complaint relates to an incident said to have occurred in the late 1970s when the victim was a young boy.

Comedian Tarbuck hosted numerous variety shows including Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Live from the Piccadilly and Live from the Palladium.

The entertainer and quiz show host, who has an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity, has spent more than 50 years in the entertainment industry.

He was arrested after information was passed to North Yorkshire Police by Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree.

Officers had previously stressed that Mr Tarbuck’s arrest was “not part of Yewtree, but a separate investigation” by its own officers.