Scotland Yard today confirmed that a man believed to be more than 1,600 years old has voluntarily attended Bow Street Police Station to answer allegations of child abuse.
Police would not name the suspect at this stage but, according to a distraught fairy, Santa Claus was seen being escorted from his workshop at the North Pole to a London police station. According to sightings by Daily Mail readers and Heathrow air traffic controllers a few hours later, Rudolph's nose was seen circling and descending over the Covent Garden area in the early hours of this morning.
Detective Inspector Peeler of The Yard said in a press statement: "I can confirm that an elderly man is being questioned regarding accusations of historical abuse, which we understand are related to a sectarian religious regime with international connections and which may date back some considerable time. Nothing more can be said at this stage while our investigations are ongoing."
It is understood that Operation Christmas Tree involves international cooperation from law enforcement agencies in Lapland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, Canada, Siberia, Selfridges, Debenhams, Harrods, Ikea and a number of Co-op department stores.
Assistance is also being offered to British nationals in Turkey, The Netherlands and Spain, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In a separate statement, an 86-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that he had been "taken advantage of" for a Meccano set in December 1937 "on the strict understanding that I was good," and that "it's time my story was told."
A spokesperson for Amazon was keen to emphasise that deliveries in time for Christmas will not be affected.