Rolf Harris has been named as the veteran entertainer who was arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Harris, 83, was originally interviewed by detectives from Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree in November and was then arrested over the allegations on 28 March.

Until today, the TV personality had only been named online.

However, The Sun named him today and other news outlets followed.

Mr Harris is one of 12 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree, the British investigation prompted by allegations against Savile.

He was interviewed under caution on 29 November last year, five days after a search warrant was executed at his home in Berkshire.

The Australian-born entertainer has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth several times.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last year.

He was recognised for his service to the performing and visual arts, to charitable organisations and to international relations through the promotion of Australian culture.

His hits include Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Two Little Boys and Stairway to Heaven, and he also painted an official portrait of the Queen for her 80th birthday.