The allegation was made by a man who was 12 or 13 at the time and a resident at Haut de la Garenne children’s home, an institution at the centre of a long running investigation into extensive child abuse over the course of many years.

The incident involving the gay actor Wilfred Bramble is said to have happened at a theatre in Jersey in the Channel Islands where he is said to have molested two boys.

“Two of the people who contacted me said that they were abused by Wilfred Brambell.” ex Jersey health minister Stuart Syvret told The Daily Telegraph.

“I was told that he visited the back rooms of the Jersey Opera House and abuse would happen there. I am convinced they were telling the truth. One of the men was a resident at Haut de la Garenne at the time and was taken to the theatre where he was abused.”

Syvret also divulged to the Daily Mail “The two boys came to me about Brambell because they did not trust the police. They came to me and told me they were sexually abused by him.”

Following the recent revelations from victims of BBC star Jimmy Savile, who has also been accused of incidents of abuse in Jersey, more victims have stepped forward with allegations.

Bramble, who was often refered to as a ‘dirty old man’ in one of the most memorable Steptoe comedy catchphrases, rose to fame as the star of Steptoe and Son during the 60’s and 70’s and also starred alongside The Beatles in the film A Hard Day’s Night, playing the role of Paul McCartney’s granddad.