No abuse charge for former BBC radio producer Ted Beston
Ex-Radio 1 star was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Former BBC radio producer Ted Beston will face no further action after he was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.
The ex-Radio 1 worker was arrested in December on suspicion of sexual offences, which he immediately denied, and today police said there was not enough evidence to support a prosecution.
At the time, his 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, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Savile.
A number of high-profile figures have been arrested as part of the inquiry including former pop star Gary Glitter, DJ Dave Lee Travis, television presenter Rolf Harris and comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson. All deny any wrongdoing.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement that 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 (CPS), but in accordance with the Director of Public Prosecution's guidance on charging, the police did not submit the case for full CPS advice to decide the outcome.”
Scotland Yard has split the Yewtree investigation into three strands - allegations involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.
Mr Beston, from London, was held under the “Savile and others” strand.
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