Michael Le Vell appeared before magistrates this morning, charged with 19 sex offences including six counts of rape with a child under the age of 16.
The Coronation Street actor entered no plea but his solicitor indicates he will fully contest the charges.
The case has been referred to Manchester Crown Court for March 20th.
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Kerrie has the latest North West forecast for the next fews days
The former chancellor said a line connecting the east and west coasts must be planned for as the Government presses ahead with HS2.
Showery rain to start Wednesday, but an improving story. Freshening up for the rest of the week with a mix of sunshine & showers