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William Roache's statement outside court

I would like to thank all those who have supported me during this situation. First and foremost ITV Granada. I thank them for their loyalty and support all the way through.

I would like to thank my management Champions UK without whom this would not have been possible and in particular John Hayes who has shown himself to be so much more than just a good friend. "I would like to thank my legal team and of course my family who you have seen.

I would like to thank my colleagues & friends, all those people who I don't even know who have sent me great support. I would like to thank James and the Circle of Love for their love and energy that has brought me to this place and this time and I look forward to being with them on Friday night.

"I have just got one thing to say, in these situations there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves. Now if you excuse me I would like to get back to work."

– William Roache, Actor

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