Stuart Hall held over rape claim

Former It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, 82, has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault.

Stuart Hall received OBE after lifetime in broadcasting

Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall received his honour at Buckingham Palace in March. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Stuart Hall, who has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century.

His contribution to the medium saw him awarded the OBE in the most recent New Year Honours.

While best known to television audiences for his hosting of It's a Knockout in the 1970s and early '80s, Hall has won a cult following in recent years for his eccentric football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Police: Rape and indecent assault allegations 'historic'

An 82-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning been arrested by Lancashire Police at his home address on suspicion of rape and indecent assault. The man will be interviewed at a police station during the course of the day.

The allegations are historic. We are not prepared to discuss further. We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously.

We would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse or who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report their concerns, confident in the knowledge it will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.

– Lancashire Police statement

Stuart Hall arrested over rape allegation

Former It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, 82, has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault.

Stuart Hall BBC
Former It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

The veteran BBC commentator was detained this morning, Press Association sources said.

Lancashire Police did not name Hall but said a suspect was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, earlier today.

He was taken to a police station for questioning on the allegations, described as "historic".