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.
Stuart Hall has been jailed for 15 months after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault, relating to 13 girls aged between nine and 17.
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.
Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall has had his prison sentence for sex offences doubled by Court of Appeal.
It follows complaints that his initial fifteen month term was unduly lenient.
Ashley Derricott reports.
Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall had his 15-month prison sentence for sex offences doubled by Court of Appeal judges today.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur, sitting in London, ruled that the original 15 months was "inadequate" and should be upped to 30 months.
Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, who admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, kept his head bowed as he listened to proceedings via video link from HMP Preston and showed no reaction as the decision was announced.
The case was referred to the court by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who argued that Hall's sentence was "unduly lenient" as it failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending and the "public concern" about such crimes.
Former It's A Knockout presenter Hall was sentenced to the 15 months at Preston Crown Court last month by the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC.
Disgraced Cheshire veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall's 15-month prison sentence for sex offences failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending or "public concern" over such crimes, the Attorney General has told Court of Appeal judges.
Dominic Grieve made the submission at the start of a hearing in London before Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mrs Justice Macur.
The judges are being asked to rule on whether or not Hall's sentence was "unduly lenient", and should be increased.
Hall, 83, from Wilmslow, who admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, listened to the proceedings via video-link from HMP Preston. He appeared on screen wearing a deep red T-shirt.
The former It's A Knockout presenter was given the 15-month sentence at Preston Crown Court in June by the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC.
Mr Grieve told the packed courtroom: "It is submitted that the total sentence of 15 months' imprisonment for 14 incidents of indecent assault committed against 13 female victims aged between the ages of nine and 17 over an 18-year period when couple with the aggravating features...
....failed adequately to reflect the gravity of the totality of the offences, and the public concern about offences of this nature.
"Even if the individual sentences for each count are appropriate sentences given the statutory maximum available, some of the sentences should have been made to run consecutively so that the total sentence passed reflected the culpability of the offender, the harm caused and to deter others."
He said that "it appears to me that the sentence was unduly lenient".
Hall's QC Crispin Aylett argued that there was "nothing wrong" with the sentence imposed.
He told the court: "If the object was to see this man punished, disgraced and financially ruined then all of that has been more than achieved."
The judges have now retired to consider their decision and will not give an announcement before 11.30.