Stuart Hall has appeared in court to face charges of raping two girls
The number of reported sexual offences against children in Lancashire has risen by nearly a third this year.
Victims of jailed sex offender Stuart Hall have welcomed a move to refer his prison sentence to the Court of Appeal for being too soft.
Former broadcaster Stuart Hall pleads not guilty to 15 counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault involving two girls.
Provisional trial date set for 6th May.
Broadcaster Stuart Hall will appear in court today to enter pleas on historic allegations that he raped two young girls.
Hall, 83, is alleged to have committed seven counts of rape against one girl between 1976 and 1978 in Manchester, when she was aged between 14 and 16.
He is also accused of eight counts of rape and one count of indecent assault against his second alleged victim, aged between 11 or 12 and 15 at the time, between 1976 and 1981, at various locations in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
A provisional trial date of May 6 at Preston Crown Court was set at his last court hearing in November.
Today's plea and case management hearing takes place at the same court.
Former broadcaster Stuart Hall is in court charged with the historical rapes of two young girls.
The claims against the 83 year old from Cheshire relate to two girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time. The rapes are alleged to have taken place in the 1970's an 80's.
The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Lancashire Police to charge the former broadcaster Stuart Hall with 15 offences of rape relating to two girls and one offence of indecent assault.
He will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on 8 November 2013.
– Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West
“Following a careful review, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Stuart Hall for 16 alleged sexual offences against two girls and that it is in the public interest to do so.
"It is alleged that Stuart Hall committed offences against one girl, aged between 14 and 16, from 1976 to 1978 and another girl, aged between 11 or 12 and 15, from 1976 to 1981.
“This decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences and the DPP’s guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.”
The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Lancashire Police to charge Stuart Hall with 15 offences of rape and one offence of indecent assault relating to two girls.
Lancashire Police have released a statement on the arrest of the broadcaster Stuart Hall.
– Lancashire Police
This morning an 83 year old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire was produced from prison and arrested by Detectives on suspicion of a number of sexual offences.
The allegations are historic and relate to two alleged female victims aged between 12 and 15 at the time. They allegedly took place in the Manchester and Derbyshire area between 1974 and 1980.
The man will be interviewed at a Lancashire police station during the course of the day.
We would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse or who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report their concerns.
Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of committing more historic sex offences.
Hall, 83, has been taken from prison where he is serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims, one as young as nine, over a period of nearly 20 years.
Lancashire Police say the latest allegations relate to two alleged female victims aged between 12 and 15 at the time.
The announcement confirming that Stuart Hall is to be stripped of his OBE will be made this afternoon.
Former broadcaster Stuart Hall, who was jailed for sex offences against children, will be stripped of his OBE by the Queen, the London Evening Standard reports.
Hall was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity.