Max Clifford arrested in Operation Yewtree and held at Peterborough police station

Max Clifford. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Max Clifford. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Shamed former PR guru Max Clifford has reportedly been arrested over fresh sex allegations.

Scotland Yard said a 71-year-old man has been arrested under Operation Yewtree - the Metropolitan Police investigation into sexual abuse claims launched in October 2012 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

This is not a new individual to Operation Yewtree. This is not an 18th individual.

Scotland Yard spokesman

Detectives have so far spoken to 17 people as part of the Yewtree investigation.

Scotland Yard refused to confirm the identity of the 71-year-old but said: “This is not a new individual to Operation Yewtree. This is not an 18th individual.”

The spokesman said the man has been arrested “under the strand of the investigation we have termed Others.”

He has been interviewed at a police station in Peterborough and inquiries continue.

Clifford was the first person convicted under Operation Yewtree.

In May 2014 he was jailed after being found guilty of assaulting four young women and girls, one of whom had been 15 at the time.

Clifford was given eight consecutive sentences of between six and 24 months and was told he had to serve at least half of his total sentence in prison.