William Roache found not guilty of all charges against him

William Roache has been found not guilty of all charges against him.

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Roache jury to resume deliberations

William Roache Credit: PA

The jury in the sex abuse trial of Coronation Street star William Roache will resume considering its verdicts later today.

Roache, 81, who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, is accused of using his fame and popularity to exploit five youngsters between the mid-60s and early 70s.

His trial at Preston Crown Court, now in its fourth week, has heard from five women who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were 16 or under, either at Granada Studios in Manchester, in his car or at properties he owned.

In denying all the offences, Roache said he did not even know any of his accusers and had never had a sexual interest in underage girls.

Roache, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, is accused of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault on various dates between 1965 and 1972.

The jury of eight women and four men first retired to consider verdicts at 11.24am yesterday.

They will resume deliberations at 10am today.

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