Former Scottish first minister and pro-independence figurehead Alex Salmond was arrested and charged on Thursday in a probe over allegations of sexual harassment, police said.

“We can confirm that a 64-year-old man has been arrested and charged,” a spokeswoman for Police Scotland said in response to a question about reports of Salmond’s arrest.

Salmond became Scottish first minister in 2007 and took Scotland to the brink of independence in a historic referendum in 2014 before

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