The First of Many: Gary Glitter is Arrested in Connection With the Jimmy Savile Case
Today, the BBC reports that Gary Glitter has been arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile investigation. It was only a matter of time before someone living experienced consequences of the disturbing allegations that have recently come to light about the late TV personality, and others.
The police have not confirmed that the man is Gary Glitter, however they did release a statement confirming that they had "arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation. The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others". This report coincides with Glitter seen "being taken away from his home". Gary Glitter has already served a term in prison in Vietnam for sex offences.
As the investigation continues, Harriet Harman, Deputy Labour Party leader, called for a judge-led inquiry on the Andrew Marr Show. "The trouble is that there are a multiplicity of inquiries. What we need is one over-arching inquiry." She said, "It should be independent because there are big lessons to be learned here, not just for the BBC, although the epicentre of it was at the BBC." As the police's investigation continues, as does the current BBC inquiry, judge Dame Janet Smith will review the BBC's culture and practices during Savile's lifetime, as well as their current sexual harassment policies. The arrest of Gary Glitter is expected to be the first of many, in what appears to be a long-standing problem with sexual harassment and under-age grooming occurring within the BBC and other institutions.