The Sun
September 19, 1998, Saturday

Gay sex charges Police in raid at drummer's home

By Alan Muir/Chief Reporter

Bay City Rollers star Derek Longmuir was yesterday arrested on gay sex allegations. Police took the former drummer, 47, from his home in Northfield, Edinburgh, in the early hours morning. Officers are examining equipment and other material.

Bachelor Derek is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later today. Last night a Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman confirmed an arrest had taken place. She said, "A 47-year-old man was arrested and charged in the early hours of Wednesday morning." Derek was a founder member of the 70s chart-toppers with brother Alan, now 49.

They had a string of hits - including Bye Bye Baby and Give a Little Love - after teaming up with lead singer Les McKeown and guitartists Stuart 'Woody' Wood and Eric Faulkner. But Derek - who owned a luxury flat and villa in Portugal - jacked in pop fame in the early 80s to dabble in property development.

Eight years ago he started training to become a nurse after helping out voluntarily at the Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh. He qualified in 1993 and works at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He has said of his new career: "It's hard but fulfilling."