British former pop star Gary Glitter is to be charged with eight sex offences involving young girls dating back more than 30 years, prosecutors said today.

The 70-year-old whose real name is Paul Gadd, was the first person arrested in October 2012 as part of Operation Yewtree.

The national investigation was launched in the wake of abuse claims against the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

He was later released on police bail.

The prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said Mr Glitter would be charged over alleged assaults between 1977 and 1980 on two girls aged 12 to 14.

He is due to appear at a London court on 19 June.