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Savile BBC producer Ted Beston to face no further police action after Shortlands arrest

PUBLISHED: 14:33 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33 14 May 2013

A 76-year-old former BBC employee will not be charged after he was arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and others.

Ted Beston, of Shortlands, used to work as a producer on Radio 1 and was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in December on suspicion of sexual offences, which he denied.

The Met today said no further action would be taken against Mr Beston.

A statement released by the force said: “A man in his 70s who was arrested on December 19 2012 on suspicion of sexual offences has today been informed that no further action will be taken by police.

“The investigation found that there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.

“The decision was made by the police that there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

“There was early investigative consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, but in accordance with the DPP’s [Director of Public Prosecution] guidance on charging, the police did not submit the case for full CPS advice to decide the outcome.”

At the time of his arrest, Mr Beston’s solicitors released a statement to say: “Mr Beston vehemently denies the historic allegations put to him by the police. When the Savile story surfaced in October, Mr Beston made clear then that he was shocked by the allegations.”

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, called Operation Yewtree. It was prompted by claims of abuse made against the deceased TV presenter Savile.

Operation Yewtree is split into three strands - allegations involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

Mr Beston was held under the “Savile and others” strand.

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