Roache rape charges hearing

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court after he was charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967. The 81-year-old denies the charges.

Bill Roache bailed after first court appearance

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been bailed after making his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Bill Roach leaves Preston Magistrates' Court
Bill Roach leaves Preston Magistrates Court Credit: PA Wire

Roache appeared briefly at Preston Magistrates' Court where he spoke only to confirm his full name, address and date of birth. The 81-year-old will appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.

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Bill Roache arrives at court

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrives at Preston Magistrates' Court
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrives at Preston Magistrates' Court Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has arrived at Preston Magistrates' Court surrounded by dozens of cameras.

Bill Roache arrives at Preston Magistrates' court
Bill Roache arrives at Preston Magistrates' court Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Roache case expected to be sent to Crown Court

Roache pictured with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the Coronation Street set in 1990. Credit: PA

Bill Roache will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court for a routine hearing where the case is expected to be sent to Preston Crown Court for trial at a later date.

Roache - the world's longest-serving soap actor - will not appear on Coronation Street until legal proceedings are concluded, ITV said.

He collected an award from Guinness World Records in 2010 for his long service in Coronation Street, having joined in 1960 and appeared regularly ever since.

Coronation Street actor due in court on rape charges

Roache pictured near his home in Cheshire after his arrest was announced. Credit: PA

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache is to appear in court today charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

The 81-year-old, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since its launch, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1.

Earlier this month Roache "strenuously" denied the accusations.