The officers turn up after the Who star admits to paying to enter a child porn website...
Police officers have arrived at the LONDON home of THE WHO guitar legend PETE TOWNSHEND after he admitted paying to enter a website advertising child porn.
The officers went into his house at the top of Richmond Hill, in south west London, shortly before 3pm, reports ananova.
The 57-year-old said he used his credit card on one occasion to look at a website advertising child porn “purely to see what was there” and that he finds paedophilia appalling.
His name was included in a list of 7,000 people in Britain whose names were passed on to British police by American authorities.
Twenty minutes earlier, Townshend had arrived back at the house. A few minutes later, his solicitor John Cohen told reporters: “We are meeting police at the house at 3pm. It’s by mutual agreement. We approached the police this morning and said that we should meet.”
Shortly before 3pm, three men and one woman marched to the front door, refusing to answer reporters’ questions. Around a dozen officers were expected to take part in the operation.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman at the scene said: “There will be a thorough and detailed search of the premises. It will take as long as necessary.”
The spokeswoman declined to say how many officers were involved, but said they were all from Scotland Yard, from the paedophile unit, major investigation team, and child protection units, and all attached to Operation Ore.
Detective Superintendent Peter Spindler, of child protection command, who is overseeing the investigation into Townshend, was also present, she said.