Hall sentence to be reviewed

The Attorney General's office is to review Stuart Hall's sentence after the broadcaster was jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court for 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. Labour said the sentence was 'unduly lenient'.

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CPS thanks Stuart Hall victims for their bravery

We prosecuted Stuart Hall because the evidence of the victims clearly established a pattern of behaviour that was unlawful and for which no innocent explanation could be offered.

His victimsdid not know each other and almost two decades separated the first and last assaults but almost all of the victims, including one who was only nine at thetime of the assault, provided strikingly similar accounts. Whether in public orprivate, Hall would first approach under friendly pretences and then bide histime until the victim was isolated. He can only be described as anopportunistic predator.

– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Nazir Afzal

Mr Afzal added his thanks to the victims who "had the bravery to come forward," adding: "This caseclearly shows that the victims of abuse will not be denied justice by thepassage of time and abusers will be held to account.”

Stuart Hall guilty pleas follow vociferous public denials

Stuart Hall's guilty pleas to follow vociferous public denials of any wrong-doing by the broadcaster.

When the allegations came to light, Hall read out a strident condemnation to reporters in which he labelled the claims as "pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious".

He said he had endured "a living nightmare" and but for his "very loving family" may have considered taking his own life.

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CPS: Broadcaster Hall was an 'opportunistic predator'

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service has described Stuart Hall as an "opportunistic predator" after it was revealed the broadcaster had pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults.

The media record Stuart Hall's arrival at a court hearing in January. Credit: Press Association

He said: "The evidence of the victims clearly established a pattern of behaviour which was unlawful and with no innocent explanation."

He added the victims did not know each other and their evidence was "strikingly similar".

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Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall to appear in court

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall will today appear at a pre-trial hearing over allegations of historic sex offences.

Hall, 83, was initially charged with indecent assaults on three young girls dating between 1974 and 1984.

He then faced additional charges that he raped a woman in the 1970s and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 further girls between 1967 and 1986.

Hall has strenuously denied any wrongdoing in previous public statements.

Hall will appear at Preston Crown Court from 10am.

TV presenter Stuart Hall to enter sex charge pleas

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall will enter formal pleas today to allegations of historic sex offences.

Hall, 83, was initially charged with three separate indecent assaults of young girls - aged nine, 13 and 16 - dating between 1974 and 1984.

Former It's A Knockout presenter Stuart Hall pictured in February. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The former It's a Knockout presenter then faced charges that he raped a 22-year-old woman in 1976 and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 girls - aged from nine to 16 - between 1967 and 1986.

All the allegations will be dealt with at a plea and case management hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Hall indicated not guilty pleas at an earlier hearing before magistrates in February and outside court he strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

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