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Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Published at 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK


Lord Lucan's son arrested

The earl's disappearance has been the subject of speculation for 24 years

The son of Lord Lucan has been released on bail after being arrested in connection with an alleged assault on a former girlfriend.

George Bingham, 31, was detained after author Imogen Brewer went to the police.

[ image: How the Daily Mail reported the story]
How the Daily Mail reported the story
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a 31-year-old man from SW7 was arrested on 10 September at about 0800 in connection with an allegation of ABH (actual bodily harm) on a woman on 25August.

"He has been released on bail and must report back to Kensington police station on 8 October."

Mr Bingham, a merchant banker, told the Daily Mail: "I feel this is a consequence of carrying this absurd name that I have."

His arrest came two days before he stood in for his father at the wedding of his sister, Lady Camilla Bingham, 27, to Michael Bloch, QC, at St Peter's Church in Eaton Square, Belgravia - near the former family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street.

Lord Lucan vanished in November 1974, after accusations that he was the intruder that had broken into the house and beaten nanny Sandra Rivett to death with a lead pipe before attacking his estranged wife Veronica.

Police believe he mistook the nanny for Lady Lucan after he lost a custody battle for his children.

Sightings of Lord Lucan have been reported around the world over the last 24 years but after conducting his own inquiries his son believes he is dead.

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