I’ve seen a few questions raised online about why I named Rolf Harris as the man that was questioned under caution by police yesterday. Some suggesting that I’ve maligned a much loved Australian/British Icon. Let me first say that it was with an extremely heavy heart that I named Rolf Harris and I would not have done so without an impecable source like Mark Williams-Thomas. Like for so many others, he was a fond memory from my childhood, unlike Savile who was always a bit creepy. I feel a bit like the boy in the picture above by Banksy, I’m watching my childhood drop into the sewer.
Up until very recently, I could very easily have written a fond and heartfelt article extolling the many and varied talents of Rolf Harris.
But I feel I have a duty to communicate the truth, however disagreeable that is.
I have written that Rolf Harris had his home searched last weekend and was questioned under caution by the police yesterday, and that is only the truth. Anybody who suggests more than that is, in my opinion, stretching the known facts.
While the UK press have avoided giving away any further clues as to the identity of the ‘man in his 80s from Berkshire’, the Australian press are giving away a few more clues.
AN Australian entertainer has been interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives in relation to one of the biggest sex scandals to rock the UK, a prominent child protection expert claimed last night.
Leading criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas – whose expose on British icon Jimmy Savile sparked a major investigation into some of the UK’s biggest entertainers – last night tweeted the name of the man quizzed by detectives. But police will not confirm his name.
In Sydney, the entertainer’s brother said he was not aware of the events unfolding in London.
“I haven’t spoken to him, he’s just come back from America,” the brother told The Daily Telegraph.
“I know what (he) did as an entertainer – he didn’t have anything to do with Jimmy Savile.
“He’d been involved with the BBC so maybe they’re talking to him about the fuss with Savile. That could be it.”
Another director of the entertainer’s company said at his city centre office that he knew nothing about the matter.
Operation Yewtree was established in the wake of revelations British entertainer Savile sexually abused and assaulted more than 400 people, mostly children, over five decades, in hospitals, schools and BBC’s London studios.
There are two strands to Yewtree, one directly related to Savile’s acts and the other, simply called “others”, related to sexual offences that had come to light during the overall investigation but not directly related to Savile.
The latest man fell into the latter.
News of the man’s questioning came in a statement from Scotland Yard, released soon after he left Lewisham Police Station in London’s south at 5pm where he had attended “by appointment” and was “interviewed under caution”, meaning he was read his rights before he spoke with police.
He has not been arrested or charged. Police searched his home in Berkshire in southeast England last Saturday when they arranged for him to formally be spoken to.
“A man in his 80s, from Berkshire, was interviewed under caution on suspicion of sexual offences after attending south London police premises by appointment at midday today,” police said.
“We are not prepared to discuss (the matter) further.”
The entertainer could not be contacted last night, nor could his London agent.
The Telegraph (Australian Newspaper)
“I haven’t spoken to him, he’s just come back from America,” the brother told The Daily Telegraph. “I know what (he) did as an entertainer – he didn’t have anything to do with Jimmy Savile………….He’d been involved with the BBC so maybe they’re talking to him about the fuss with Savile. That could be it.”
I sincerely hope his brother is correct.
Latest: Rolf Harris Under Siege