Coronation stars give their reaction to William Roache being cleared of rape and sexual assault

Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, wrote online: "So glad and relieved the right verdict was reached. Look forward to seeing Bill back at work." Vicky Entwistle - the programme's Janice Battersby - said she and her husband Andrew Chapman were pleased with the verdict.

"Andy and I (are) elated to hear the wonderful news that William Roache has been cleared of all charges. We have a very happy house," she wrote on Twitter.

Kate Ford, who has played his on-screen stepdaughter Tracy Barlow for many years, said simply: "Yay!"

Chris Bisson, known to viewers for his role as Vikram Desai, said he was "glad to hear that Bill Roache was cleared unanimously by the jury".

And Bruno Langley (the show's Todd Grimshaw) said on Twitter: "Go on Bill."

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William Roache found not guilty of all charges against him

William Roache has been found not guilty of all charges against him.