Tarbuck released without charge

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Jimmy Tarbuck has been released without charge after being arrested over allegations of historic sexual abuse Jimmy Tarbuck has been released without charge after being arrested over allegations of historic sexual abuse

Veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been released without charge after he was arrested over historic allegations of sexual abuse.

The 74-year-old was arrested in April last year by North Yorkshire Police after they were passed information by detectives working on Scotland Yard's sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree.

The force did not name him but said: " North Yorkshire Police can confirm that a 74-year-old man from Kingston upon Thames has been released without charge following an investigation into historic sexual abuse.

"The man was originally arrested on Friday 26 April 2013 after information was passed to North Yorkshire Police by Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree.

"Following a detailed investigation, evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service and a decision was made not to proceed with the case.

"North Yorkshire Police take all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations."

Tarbuck, who has had a television career lasting more than 50 years, had been accused of assaulting a young boy in the late 1970s in Harrogate .

Born in 1940 in Liverpool, the performer was a schoolmate of John Lennon and his television breakthrough came with It's Tarbuck 65! in 1964.

He hosted numerous quiz shows, including Winner Takes All and Full Swing. In 1994 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to showbusiness and charity.

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