Dave Lee Travis arrested over abuse allegations

The radio DJ and former Top of the Pops host is the latest celebrity arrested as part of an investigation prompted by allegations against Jimmy Savile


Dave Lee Travis, the former Top of the Pops presenter, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse.  


The 67-year old was arrested this morning at his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, by officers involved in the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree.  

Travis is the fourth person to be arrested as part of the investigation which was begun after allegations of sexual abuse emerged against the late Jimmy Savile.  

Yewtree is looking into three categories of alleged offence: those involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others. 

Scotland Yard would not confirm the name of the man arrested, but said he came under the “others” category of the investigation.  

Singer Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was the first person to be arrested as part of Yewtree, followed by comedian Freddie Starr and former BBC producer Wilfred De’ath.

Dave Lee Travis began his broadcasting career on offshore pirate station Radio Caroline, before entering the mainstream as a Radio 1 DJ, where a two-year stint on the station’s breakfast show earned him the nickname the Hairy Cornflake. After resigning from Radio 1 in 1993, Travis joined the World Service where he fronted A Jolly Good Show. During the 1970s and 1980s, Travis presented Top of the Pops on BBC1. He currently hosts a show on regional station Magic AM.


Speaking last month, when allegations were first levelled against him, Travis said: “I categorically deny that there is any substance in either allegation and I’m genuinely surprised that allegations of this nature have been made. I totally refute any impropriety.”