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Neil Fox arrest: DJ ‘Dr Fox’ quizzed over ‘sex assaults’

Published September 30, 2014 by JS2

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DJ Neil Fox – known as “Dr Fox” – has been arrested by police investigating claims of sex offences.

The arrest came after separate allegations were made by two women, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 53-year-old was held in Soho, central London, at the studios of Magic FM, where he presents the breakfast show. He was later released on bail.

Magic’s owners Bauer Media confirmed Mr Fox had been arrested and would not be presenting his show on Wednesday.

‘Contract unchanged’

A spokesman said: “In the circumstances, Neil will be off air from tomorrow to enable him to devote his full attention to dealing with these matters.

“All other aspects of his contract will remain unchanged while matters are resolved. We can make no further comment at this stage.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a 53-year-old man had been arrested and taken to a central London police station. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries until early December.

The Met said four allegations of sexual assault had been made.

Three of the allegations have been described as historical but no time frame has been given.

One allegation is said to have taken place earlier this year.

Police said they had also searched properties in west London and the Littlehampton area of West Sussex.

Pop Idol judge

Mr Fox, who uses the nicknames Dr Fox and Foxy, began his career in local radio before moving to Radio Luxembourg and then London’s Capital Radio in the late 1980s.

He presented various slots there and in 1993, landed the job of presenting the Sunday afternoon Network Chart Show, later known as the Pepsi chart.

His big TV break, which brought him to a wider audience, was as a judge on ITV talent show Pop Idol between 2001 and 2003 alongside Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman, and Nicki Chapman.

Mr Fox later appeared in the BBC Three sketch show The Wrong Door.

He left Capital in 2005 and joined Magic 105.4, where he presents the breakfast show, Foxy in the Morning.

His arrest is not part of high-profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of revelations about BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

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Former mayor arrested after ‘paedophile sting’

Published March 19, 2013 by JS2

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A former mayor has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual offence after a ‘paedophile hunter’ allegedly tricked him into believing he was a schoolgirl.

 

Cllr Ian Lewin, 54, was held on suspicion of child grooming after he was said to have asked a 15-year-old girl to send him intimate photographs of herself over the internet.

However, the girl who he is accused of contacting was actually a vigilante who goes by the name of Stinson Hunter.

Mr Hunter, 31, who poses as underage girls on the internet in order to try and catch suspected paedophiles, told the Sun that he lured the man to his home after he had asked the “teenage girl” to send him topless pictures.

A video uploaded on to the internet shows the paedophile “hunter” confronting the man, who insists that he just wanted to “talk” to the schoolgirl and he made that clear during their online discussions.

In the footage, filmed last week, the man says: “She said she was 16. I have come over for a chat — she said she was bored. At no point did I say I wanted sex with her.”

He also claims that he asked for pictures because he didn’t believe that he was talking to a young girl.

Cllr Lewin was arrested at his £300,000 home in Fazeley, Staffordshire, on Friday and later released on bail.

The divorcee was Mayor of the town in 2005/06 and again in 2011/12.

The Conservative, who sits on Lichfield District Council, has also been suspended by his party, and is sitting as an independent councillor “until further notice”, fellow Tory councillor Andrew James said.

Cllr Lewin is now listed on the council website as a independent.

Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “A 54-year-old man from the Fazeley area has been released on police bail pending further investigation of an allegation of offences under the Sexual Offences Act.”

Mr Hunter, who claims he has information on a dozen other offenders, was warned by police earlier this month that his vigilante behaviour could be illegal.

Supt Clare Cowley, of the West Midlands Police, said: “We do not encourage vigilantism of this kind and would warn those who take this approach that they could be breaking the law.

“They could also be disrupting criminal investigations and compromising the safety of vulnerable victims who would be best protected by the police.”

He said: “I have passed all the evidence regarding Councillor Lewin to the police.”

Cllr Lewin has been unavailable for comment.