Wikileaks founder Julian Assange voluntarily handed himself over to the police this morning after 122 days spent in the Ecudorean embassy. The surprise move followed fast-moving events over the last 24 hours, when the putrefying corpse of alleged serial sex offender Sir Jimmy Savile made a spectacular dash for freedom from its besieged tomb to the embassy in London and requested asylum.
Mr Assange emerged from the building and approached officers on the police barriers which had been erected overnight, when torch and farm-implement wielding crowds heard the news about Savile and had attempted to storm the West London building. He seemed pleased to be out of the embassy after his long ordeal.
'Rattling Jules' : Tweeted photo of Savile & Assange in the Ambassador's residence.
Last night a photo was tweeted on the internet from inside the building, showing Savile next to fellow sex-charge refugee Julian Assange.
Mr Assange was apparently unaware of who Savile was, nor had any idea about the current furore, so posed happily for the photograph, believing the errant knight to be seeking sanctuary from 'persecution by the media and the government'. But, as Twitter fan Assange tweeted regularly during the night, it soon became apparent he was beginning to have reservations about his new 'room mate'.
Ecuador are considering Savile's asylum request, while a spokesman for the Phillippines consulate said they too had received an application from the DJ.
Mr Assange is believed to be on his way to Sweden.