Freddie Starr Bailed By Jimmy Savile Police

Freddie Starr has been released on bail for a second time after being questioned by police investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The 69-year-old returned to speak to officers earlier today having been first arrested yesterday on suspicion of sexual offences.

His next bail date has not yet been revealed by Scotland Yard.

Starr, from Warwickshire, was released at around 5.20pm. He has consistently denied any involvement in the alleged abuse.

Last month he branded Savile "despicable" and "disgusting", and urged police to interview him so he could clear his name.

His release came as solicitor Liz Dux said three hospitals - Stoke Mandeville, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor - are facing possible legal action.

Savile's estate and the BBC are also facing action.

Ms Dux, representing more than 20 alleged victims, said notice had been sent to "all interested parties" of an intention to pursue claims against them.

She said: "Their main objective is to get answers as to why their previous complaints weren't listened to, to get some sort of compensation and to move on with their lives."

Lawyers are also looking into the late presenter's overseas assets, thought to be administered from the Channel Islands, a tax haven.

Savile's estate, reportedly worth £4.3m, has been frozen in response to the mounting allegations.

Savile's relatives said they do not want a penny of his estate and called for the cash to be donated to an organisation to tackle sex crimes.

Starr's arrest follows that of Gary Glitter on Sunday by officers working on Operation Yewtree.

Former pop star Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was questioned at a central London police station after being detained at his home in the capital.

Savile, who died last year at the age of 84, is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims.

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into the television and radio star's activities.

Detectives are following 400 lines of inquiry, while the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the corporation.

It is also looking at the decision-making process which saw a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities shelved.

The review, led by Nick Pollard, former head of Sky News, will report back on its findings later this month.