A 24-hour hotline has been launched as part of the BBC inquiry into what the corporation knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against a Suffolk-born DJ.

The independent inquiry, led by barrister Gemma White KC, said it had set up the confidential phone line in a bid to "expand the ways in which people can come forward" to report information relating to Tim Westwood, who was born in Lowestoft.

She said that she had opened the confidential phone line until May 19.

Last year, a statement from a representative of Westwood said: "Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

"In a career that has spanned 40 years, there have never been any complaints made against him officially or unofficially.

"Tim Westwood strongly rejects all allegations of wrongdoing."

The hotline will be available on 08000 121 838 until May 19 and will be answered during the working day and on certain evenings. Outside of these hours an answering system will be available to take messages.