BREAKING: Jimmy Tarbuck released without charge after child abuse allegations

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Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has been released without charge following an investigation into historial sexual abuse.

The television presenter was first arrested in April last year after information was passed to North Yorkshire Police working on Operation Yewtree.

A spokesman for the force, which has still not named Tarbuck formally, said: “North Yorkshire Police can confirm that a 74-year-old man from Kingston Upon Thames has been released without charge following an investigation into historic sexual abuse.

“Following a detailed investigation, evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service and a decision was made not to proceed with the case.”

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, OBE, hosted numerous quiz and variety shows, including Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Live from the Piccadilly and Live from the Palladium.

He has also hosted numerous quiz shows, including Winner Takes All, Full Swing, and Tarby’s Frame Game.

A spokeman for North Yorkshire Police added: “North Yorkshire Police take all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will conduct thorough investigations. Our officers and staff are on hand to provide professional and specialist support to victims around the clock. Reports can be made by calling 101 or dial 999 if you are in danger or an emergency response is required.

“For those victims who are unsure or do not want to report incidents to the police, there is independent and discreet support readily available at the Bridge House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in York.

“Call Bridge House on 01904 669339, email or go to”