Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MORE TV STARS FACING ARREST; Dozens Face Questioning by Police Holding Matthew Kelly over Child Sex Claims

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MORE TV STARS FACING ARREST; Dozens Face Questioning by Police Holding Matthew Kelly over Child Sex Claims

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER;JUSTIN DAVENPORT

POLICE are investigating dozens of showbiz stars and political figures following the arrest of Stars In Their Eyes host Matthew Kelly on suspicion of child sex abuse.

Officers are expected to make further arrests in their investigation into a child sex ring involving associates of convicted paedophile and disgraced pop mogul Jonathan King.

Kelly, 52, is today being questioned at Guildford police station after being arrested at Birmingham Repertory Theatre at the end of his performance as Captain Hook in the pantomime Peter Pan.

At the same time detectives arrested Tam Paton, the former manager of the Bay City Rollers, whose records King produced. Kelly was said to have been among several personalities who attended King's Walton Hop disco in Walton-on-Thames, in Surrey, in the 1970s.

A source said: "Several celebrities formed part of King's circle of friends, some of which attended the Walton Hop disco, and they are being investigated in connection with alleged sex offences against children.

It was at the Walton Hop that King "groomed" a number of children for abuse, luring them to his Bayswater home. In 2001 he was jailed for seven years for sex offences against boys.

The offences came to light only years later, when a victim complained to the police about one of King's friends, former Radio1 DJ Chris Denning who has been convicted of child sex offences in the Czech Republic.

The arrest of King in 2000 led to Operation Arundel into child abuse involving a string of personalities. During the investigation several figures came under suspicion, including pop stars, a peer, a leading record producer and two DJs.

Detectives may now be preparing to arrest some of those figures whose names emerged during the original inquiry. …

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