Stuart Hall to face rape charges

Broadcaster Stuart Hall will appear in court today to enter pleas on historic allegations that he raped two young girls.

Hall, 83, is alleged to have committed seven counts of rape against one girl between 1976 and 1978 in Manchester, when she was aged between 14 and 16.

He is also accused of eight counts of rape and one count of indecent assault against his second alleged victim, aged between 11 or 12 and 15 at the time, between 1976 and 1981, at various locations in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

A provisional trial date of May 6 at Preston Crown Court was set at his last court hearing in November.

Today's plea and case management hearing takes place at the same court.

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Stuart Hall in court charged with rape

Former broadcaster Stuart Hall is in court charged with the historical rapes of two young girls.