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Former Emmerdale actor denies child sexual assault

Cy Chadwick played Nick Bates between 1985 and 1996

Former Emmerdale actor Cy Chadwick has appeared before magistrates in Leeds this morning charged with sexually assaulting a child in the 1980s.

The 44-year-old, who played Nick Bates in the soap between 1985 and 1996, denied the charge. He was released on bail and is next due to appear at Leeds Crown Court later this month.

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Final farewell for Emmerdale veteran

Members of the Emmerdale cast past and present, gathered this afternoon to pay tribute to the late Richard Thorpe, the soap's longest serving actor. who played Alan Turner, and died in May at the age of 81.

This afternoon, a memorial service was held for him at Leeds Minister - after his character officially bowed out of the soap last night. Michael Billington reports.

Soap stars prepare for memorial to longest-serving colleague

Emmerdale cast toast the passing of Alan Turner Credit: ITV Studios

Emmerdale stars are attending the memorial service this afternoon to their colleague Richard Thorp who died in May. The 81-year-old was toasted on screen last night in an episode in which Alan Turner passed away peacefully in his sleep. The actor was Emmerdale's longest serving cast member.

Memorial service for Richard Thorp

Richard Thorp

A memorial service for the late Emmerdale actor Richard Thorp will take place at Leeds Minster later on today. The 81-year-old, who played Alan Turner for nearly three decades, died in May.

Alan Turner, who died in Emmerdale last night, will have an onscreen funeral on the soap next week.

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Emmerdale wins 'Best Soap' award

Emmerdale has won 'Best Soap' at the Inside Soap Awards. Credit: ITV

ITV soap Emmerdale has won the award for 'Best Soap' at the Inside Soap Awards.

The Yorkshire based drama fought off competition from EastEnders and Coronation Street to win the award for the first time in its history.

The show won prizes for best storyline, outstanding achievement and best bad boy at the ceremony in London.

The best storyline award was for the Cameron Murray's killer cover up, while Dominic Power - who plays Murray - took the prize for best bad boy.

The soap's 40th anniversary live episode secured the outstanding achievement award.

Coronation Street and EastEnders each won four awards with two for Home And Away and one each for Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road.

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