3 May 2013

Coronation Street star Bill Roache arrested over allegation he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967

'The Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged over two historic rape allegations against an underage girl who was 15 at the time of the alleged incidents.

Mr Roache, 81, who has played Ken Barlow in the TV soap since 1960, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this morning and was still being interviewed at a police station late into the evening.
The Crown Prosecution Service has announced he will face two charges of rape, and he will appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on 14 May. Mr Roache, awarded an MBE in 2001, faces two allegations of raping the girl in Lancashire 46 years ago.'

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