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Television presenter Kelly cleared of child sex abuse allegations

THE celebrity presenter Matthew Kelly was cleared of all child sex allegations yesterday.

Police said they would be taking no further action against the television personality over the investigation into abuse against young boys.

But Mr Kelly was cautioned after detectives found a small quantity of Class A drugs during a search of his home.

The 52-year-old, from Chiswick, West London, was arrested last month by officers from Surrey police investigating claims of abuse dating back to the 1970s. Mr Kelly was arrested by plainclothes officers as he came off-stage from a pantomime performance as Captain Hook in Birmingham on 15 January .

The abuse allegations were connected to Operation Arundel, the inquiry which led to the jailing of the pop millionaire Jonathan King.

In the course of the investigations, a detective from the Surrey police team travelled to Sri Lanka where island police had raided Mr Kelly’s 100,000 holiday home and seized his computer and videos.

But Mr Kelly had always "emphatically denied" the allegations, saying they came as a "complete shock and surprise". In a statement made at Staines Police Station yesterday, Mr Kelly said: "I was always confident my name would be cleared".

He added: "In the course of the police investigation a search of my London home was carried out which resulted in a small quantity of Class A drugs being found. They were for my personal and occasional use only. I have received a formal caution for this matter. I recognise that the use of such drugs is both illegal and foolish."

Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Denholm, who emerged from the police station with Mr Kelly, said: "The allegation has now been thoroughly investigated, including the undertaking of searches, computer examination and witness interviews.

"Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service it has been decided there is insufficient evidence to support the allegation against Mr Kelly."

Explaining the drugs caution Mr Denholm said: "He has admitted possession of these drugs and received a formal caution for this in line with the discretion allowed by Surrey police and national cautioning guidelines."

Mr Denholm said two men were still on bail in connection with the abuse investigation and a further man had been interviewed under caution.

The Class A drug found in Mr Kelly’s home was understood to be cocaine. Police sources said Mr Kelly’s high-profile career had been taken into account when a decision was taken on how best to deal with the drugs offence, but he had not been made a special case.

 
 
 

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