TV star arrested over alleged historic abuse in Harrogate

TV star and comedian Jimmy Tarbuck. (S)
TV star and comedian Jimmy Tarbuck. (S)

TV star Jimmy Tarbuck has been arrested over an allegation of child sex abuse in Harrogate dating back to the 1970s.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed a 73-year-old man was arrested in Kingston Upon Thames on Friday, April 26.

Police say the complaint relates to an incident in the late 1970s when the victim was a young boy. He has been questioned and released on police bail.

“This is not part of Yewtree, but a separate investigation by North Yorkshire Police,” a spokesman for the force stressed.

“It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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

He has also hosted numerous quiz shows, including Winner Takes All, Full Swing, and Tarby’s Frame Game.

Police say information, first given to Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree, was passed to North Yorkshire Police for investigation.