William Roache found not guilty on all charges

The jury in the trial of Coronation Street star William Roache has found him not guilty of all charges.

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Corrie actors expected to give evidence at Roache trial

Actors from Coronation Street are expected to be called to the witness box today at the trial of fellow star William Roache.

Anne Kirkbride, who play's William Roache's on-screen wife Deidre Barlow, Chris Gascoyne, his son Peter Barlow in the soap and actress Helen Worth, who stars as Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache's defence.

Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Chesire, denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16.

Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire
Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne arrives at Preston Crown Court where he is expected to be called to the witness box. Credit: PA Wire
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrives at his trial. Credit: PA Wire

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Bill Roache admits he was not faithful to first wife

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning is at Preston Crown Court as Coronation Street actor Bill Roache gives evidence at his trial.

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Mr Roache admits he wasn't faithful to his first wife "no I'm sorry to say" Admits he occasionally took women back to his bungalow.

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But Mr Roache says he was totally & absolutely faithful to his second wife for 39 years.

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Roache denies taking girls to bungalow and raping them

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning is at Preston Crown Court as Coronation Street actor Bill Roache gives evidence at his trial.

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Mr Roache is asked if he ever took a girl into bedroom of his bungalow. "No" & push her onto bed & rape her "absolutely not".

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Mr Roache asked if took any girl to either of his cottages & raped them. Absolutely not he says its totally against my nature to harm anyone

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