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Coronation Street actor in court

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache is to appear in court today charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967. The 81-year-old denies the charges.

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Actor Roache bailed on rape charges

Coronation Street actor Bill Roach (right) leaves Preston Magistrates' Court Credit: PA

Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, who lives in Cheshire, has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Appearing at Preston Magistrates' Court, the 81-year-old was led into the witness box and confirmed his full name, address and date of birth.

He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967.

Roache was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roach leaves Preston Magistrates' Court Credit: PA

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