The Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has appeared in court for the first time since he was accused of raping a 15 year old girl in the 1960s.
The actor who plays Ken Barlow has strenously denied the allegations.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place in Lancashire in 1967.
Our correspondent Elaine Willcox was at Preston magistrates court:
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