Bill Roache to face rape charges

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

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CPS say Bill Roache to be charged

The Crown Prosecution Service have tonight said Coronation Street actor Bill Roache is to be charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

The 81-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow in the soap, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this morning.

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Police on guard outside Bill Roache's home

Two police officers were stationed outside the wrought iron gates at the end of the drive to Roache's £650,000 home, shielded by bushes from the road in Wilmslow.

A growing press pack of TV cameras, photographers and reporters gathered outside the property.

Two police officers stand guard outside Bill Roache's home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Credit: PA Wire
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Roache has starred in Coronation Street since 1960

  • The 81-year-old was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire
  • He started his career in the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1953 but left to pursue an acting career
  • Roache landed the role of Ken Barlow in Coronation Street after being spotted performing in the Granada Television play Marking Time and has starred in the soap since its debut episode in 1960
  • In 1999 the actor won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards
  • In 2001 he was awarded an MBE
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Roache arrested on suspicion of raping teenage girl

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
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