Timeline: fall from grace of broadcaster Stuart Hall

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Stuart Hall receives OBE for services to broadcasting and charity Credit: PA

January 1, 2012 - Hall is appointed OBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity.

December 5, 2012 - Hall is arrested and questioned on suspicion of historic sex offences. The following day he is charged with three counts of indecent assault

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Stuart Hall at Preston Crown Court Credit: PA

December 7, 2012 - first appearance at Preston Magistrates' Court to plead not guilty to the charges. His solicitor issues a statement: "Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges."

January 22, 2013 - Hall is re-arrested and charged with more offences, 14 of indecent assault and 1 of rape.

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Stuart Hall at Preston Crown Court Credit: PA

February 7, 2013 - Hall appears at Preston Magistrates' Court facing the additional charges. After the hearing he vows to fight these "pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious allegations".

February 19, 2013 - Hall's lawyers approach prosecution offering guilty pleas.

April 16, 2013 - Hall pleads guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault against girls as young as nine, between 1967 and 1985.

May 2, 2013 - Reporting restrictions lifted on his guilty pleas after Crown Prosecution Service decide not to pursue an allegation of rape.

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Stuart Hall police photograph Credit: ITV

May 6, 2013 - BBC announce investigation into his activities while working at the corporation.

June 17, 2013 - Hall is jailed for 15 months.

July 26, 2013 - His sentence is doubled in the Court of Appeal on the grounds it was too lenient.

September 26, 2013 - Lancashire Police confirm they are investigating new sex allegations.

October 23, 2013 - He is re-arrested at HMP Leyland and later charged with further sex offences.

February 28, 2014 - He denies 15 sex assault charges when he appears at Preston Crown Court.

May 6, 2014 - Hall goes on trial at the same court. He admits a single indecent assault charge but denies 15 specimen counts of rape and five indecent assaults.

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Stuart Hall at Preston Crown Court Credit: PA

May 16, 2014 - Hall is found not guilty of 15 counts of rape and four of indecent assault. He is convicted of one indecent assault.

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Stuart Hall cleared of raping two young girls

A jury at Preston Crown Court found Hall, 84, not guilty of a string of historical allegations involving two under-age girls, dating back to the mid-1970s. He was found guilty of one count of indecent assault of a girl aged under 16.