Police are searching the house of Coronation Street actor Bill Roache. Lancashire Police said they have arrested the 81-year-old from Wilmslow on suspicion of rape.
– Lancashire Police
An 81-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning, Wednesday, 1st May 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape.
The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.
The offences are alleged to have been committed in Haslingden between April and July 1967 and to involve a girl aged 15-years.
– Lancashire Police statement
We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been arrested for rape.
The actor from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, who plays Ken Barlow, was held at his home in Cheshire this morning.
Roache, 81, faces an allegation of raping an under-age girl in Lancashire between April and July 1967.