“The man, from Cambridgeshire, was arrested at 0715 hrs on suspicion of sexual
offences, and has been taken into police custody locally.”
Wilfred De’ath has been arrested
Police did not confirm the name of the suspect.
They said the man fell into the category “others” in the three strands of the
Yewtree probe, which
consist of “Jimmy Savile”, “Savile and others” and “others”.
Mr De’ath, a producer of Savile’s on the BBC radio shoe Teen Scene, has lived
for the last ten years in a one bedroom second floor flat in a housing
association block in Cambridge.
Other residents said that four plain clothes officers then made a search of
his rented home taking away items in black bags.
A resident who lives on the same floor said: “I went down to put my washing in
the laundry at 7.15am and saw this guy who looked like a policeman standing
in the corridor.
“I went out to the paper shop and when I came back it looked like Wilfred was
getting into the back of an unmarked police car. He was dressed normally in
a jacket and trousers I didn’t have a clue what was going on.”
Sue Hall, 63, who has lived in the block for six years, said: “I saw two
marked police cars when I got up – one over the road and the other at the
back of the flats.
“When I went out, there were four officers, three of them men and one woman.
They were taking stuff out of his flat in black bags. It was obvious they
“We are a very quiet community here because all the residents are getting on a
bit. It was a real surprise to hear Wilfred had been arrested.
“He is a nice enough chap. He has been here a long time and everyone knows he
used to work for the BBC.”
A resident who asked not to be named said: “I know that he had some connection
with Jimmy Savile, but it is not something I have ever discussed with him.”
Last month Mr De’ath told ITV that he had challenged Savile over his behaviour
after he spent a night with a 12-year-old girl in a hotel room.
He said: “I know for a fact that Jimmy spent a night in a rather squalid hotel
with a girl who was at the most 12, or probably 10, and I said to him,
‘Jimmy you are living dangerously. Surely you must realise you’re living
“All he said was, ‘Oh no no no. I’m much too valuable to the BBC for them to
do anything to me.
“He didn’t think anything could happen. And nothing did happen. Nobody grassed
on him in any way, although we all knew.”
The arrest is the third made in Operation Yewtree, following former pop start
Gary Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – and comedian Freddie Starr.
Starr, 69, from Warwickshire, was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
He has consistently denied any involvement in the alleged abuse.