Updated: Monday, 16th September 2019 @ 5:20pm

Bailed: Jimmy Savile's old flatmate Ray Teret released after probe by Manchester police into rape claims

Bailed: Jimmy Savile's old flatmate Ray Teret released after probe by Manchester police into rape claims

By Dean Wilkins

Jimmy Savile’s former flatmate and chauffer is being released on bail after being quizzed by Manchester police last night over three allegations of raping girls.

Pirate DJ Ray Teret, 71, and another man, 61, were arrested by police on suspicion of rape at a home in Woodlands, Altrincham, after three victims came forward with historic sex abuse claims.

But the pair have been released without charge on police bail until November 29 as detectives continue their investigations – Greater Manchester Police were eager to dismiss any links between Savile’s colossal child abuse investigation.

Detective Inspector Simon Davies, of the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said yesterday: "The arrest follows an investigation by the Serious Sexual Offences Unit into three separate allegations of historic sexual abuse which have been reported to Greater Manchester Police since October 28.

"I want to make it absolutely clear that this is not an investigation into the late Jimmy Savile, nor do any of the allegations relate to any involvement by Savile.”

Officers swooped on the offender’s home as Scotland Yard join police forces across the country as up to 300 cases of sexual abuse by Savile have been revealed.

And as Greater Manchester Police assist with those investigations, they stressed that putting victims first is always their priority.

"The victims who have come forward have shown tremendous courage and our primary focus is to support these victims during what is clearly a very traumatic time for them.

“We have a duty to investigate their complaints thoroughly.

“Greater Manchester Police takes all reports of sexual abuse very seriously and we will look into any complaints and provide whatever support victims may need through the use of specially-trained officers.

Anyone who is affected by this investigation can call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of Paul Easton

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