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Broadcaster Stuart Hall on indecent assault charges

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with three offences of indecent assault against young girls.

The 82-year-old is accused of alleged offences committed between 1974 and 1984 involving three girls aged between nine and 17 years, Lancashire Police said.

The former 'It's a Knockout' presenter was released without charge on an allegation of rape and a further allegation of indecent assault.

John Dilworth, Head of CPS North West Complex Casework Unit, said: "Following investigations by Lancashire Police into allegations of sexual assault by Stuart Hall I have reviewed all the evidence that they have gathered and have authorised Lancashire police to charge him with three counts of indecent assault.

"The charges are that between September 1 1974 and December 31 1974 he indecently assaulted a woman who was then aged 16 or 17 years, that between January 1 1983 and December 31 1983 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged eight or nine years, and that between July 1 1984 and September 27 1984 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged 13 years.

Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, was bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston on January 7 2013.