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William Roache charged with indecent assault

2013-06-06 21:21:02

William Roache

Coronation Street actor William Roache has been charged with five counts of indecent assault involving four girls aged between 12 and 16 in the 1960s.

The CPS said it was in the public interest for the prosecution to take place after reviewing evidence gathered by Lancashire Police.

Mr Roache, 81, appeared in court last month to deny two separate counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

He is due to appear before Preston magistrates on Friday.

The latest charges he is facing relate to a period between 1965 and 1968. The assaults are alleged to have been committed in the Manchester area.

The Crown Prosecution Service said three of the alleged offences took place in 1965 and two in 1968.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Lancashire Police in relation to recent allegations from four complainants that William Roache indecently assaulted them in the 1960s.

"We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Roache to be charged with five offences of indecent assault relating to four girls who were aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time that the alleged offences happened."

He said the allegations were made to police after Mr Roache was charged with two offences of rape on 1 May, which the actor "strenuously denies".

Mr Roache, who is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in Haslingden, Lancashire, is due to appear at Preston Crown Court in relation to that case on Monday.

An ITV spokesman has said the actor will not be appearing in Coronation Street until legal proceedings had concluded.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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