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Roache 'had no intention of causing any kind of distress'

I would like to say that I am very sorry for any offence that has been caused as a result of my comments.

I would never say that victims of sexual offences are in any way responsible for the abuse they have suffered and I offer my deepest apologies if anything I have said has been misunderstood in this way.

I had no intention of causing any kind of distress as a result of my interview and I offer my upmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia.

– Bill Roache statement
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