Big Brother 2013 - StaircaseThe Metropolitan Police has contacted Channel 5 over reports that an ex-police officer is due to appear on Big Brother.

Daily Star reported this week that a former Scotland Yard detective working on Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, will be appearing as a contestant on the new series of Big Brother which launched Thursday.

Met Police have confirmed to the BBC that they have sent a letter to Channel 5. A spokesperson for the police said: “We have been in contact with Channel 5 and made them fully aware of potential risks and their responsibility to live investigations.”

Channel 5 also issued a statement that all measures would be taken to ensure that nothing will be broadcast which could affect the on-going live operation. Met officers are required to sign the Official Secrets Act.

The latest Big Brother launched on Thursday evening and the ex-police officer is due to enter in the second part of the live launch tonight.

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