Police in England have confirmed that former pop star Gary Glitter has been released on bail.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said that at about 5pm, a man in his 60s was bailed to return to the police station in mid-December, pending further investigation.

Earlier, Glitter was arrested in connection with the child abuse allegations against television presenter Jimmy Savile.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was taken to a London police station this morning for questioning.

He was jailed for four months in the UK in 1999 for downloading child pornography and later jailed for child sex offences in Vietnam.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers working on Operation Yewtree have today arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation.

"The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7.15am on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into custody at a London police station.

"The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'."

Savile, who died last year at the age of 84, has been described as one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent UK history.

Detectives are dealing with about 300 alleged victims and are following more than 400 lines of inquiry.

Elsewhere, the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has said he is dedicated to getting to the bottom of the Savile scandal.

He vowed there would be "no covering our backs".

Writing in today's Mail on Sunday, Lord Patten said the BBC's reputation is on the line and that it has risked squandering the public's trust.

He has promised the BBC will not hide behind smokescreens, but "must tell the truth and face up to the truth about itself, however terrible".

Speaking of Savile's apparent decades of criminality, he wrote: "Can it really be the case that no one knew what he was doing? Did some turn a blind eye to criminality?

"Did some prefer not to follow up their suspicions because of this criminal's popularity and place in the schedules? Were reports of criminality put aside or buried? Even those of us who were not there at the time are inheritors of the shame."

Lord Patten also apologised "unreservedly" to the abused women who spoke to the BBC's Newsnight programme but did not have their stories told.

The BBC chairman said the two independent inquiries that have been set up - one into the Newsnight report, the other into the BBC's culture and practices in the years Savile worked there - must get to the truth of what happened.

Lord Patten said: "Now my immediate priority is to get to the bottom of the Savile scandal and to make any and every change necessary in the BBC to learn the lessons from our independent investigations."