BAY CITY ROLLERS MANAGER ARRESTED

Tam Paton is apprehended in connection with an investigation into sexual abuse against boys...

The former manager of 70’s pop superstars THE BAY CITY ROLLERS, TAM PATON, has been arrested in EDINBURGH in connection with an investigation into sexual abuse against boys.

He was arrested by Lothian and Borders Police at his home in the Gogarburn area of the city last night (January 15).

His arrest part of the same investigation that led to the arrest of TV star Matthew Kelly, host of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, in Birmingham last night, where he is appearing in pantomime.

The BBC report that the “historic allegations” of sexual abuse against boys under 16 date back to the 1970’s. The inquiry, which is not part of “Operation Ore”, which is probing Internet child porn offences, is thought to relate to accusations dating from the 1970’s.

Paton guided the Bay City Rollers through their heyday in the 1970’s, when they sold 70 million records and sparked a global tide of “Roller-mania”. They had 11 Top 20 hits in the UK and were followed by hordes of tartan-clad screaming groupies. He was sacked in 1979, and became a property developer in Edinburgh.

A police spokesperson said: “Two men have been arrested this evening by Surrey Police in a co-ordinated operation in connection with historic allegations of sexual abuse against boys under the age of 16-years-old.

“A 52-year-old man from Chiswick, London, was arrested in Birmingham. A man in his late 50s was arrested at his home address in Edinburgh. One man has been taken to a Surrey Police station where he will be held overnight and is due to be questioned tomorrow.

“The second man is being held in a police station local to his address overnight and will be questioned on Thursday. A number of addresses are being searched in connection with the arrests.”