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Cleared Corrie star 'misheard' jury verdict

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache said he thought he was going to prison after mishearing the jury at the end of his rape trial last week, the Mail on Sunday reported.

He said it was not until the judge ordered for him to be released from the dock that he realised he had been acquitted.

Read: Bill Roache claims rape trial judge was 'biased'

I didn't hear the verdict properly, I didn't hear a couple of 'nots'.

I thought I had gone on two [charges] - I just heard guilty, guilty.

– Bill Roache

Bill Roache claims rape trial judge was 'biased'

Coronation Street star Bill Roache has accused the judge who presided over his rape trial of "bias".

Coronation Street star Bill Roache has accused the judge who presided over his rape trial of "bias". Credit: PA

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, the 81-year-old actor said: "In my view the judge wasn't impartial. The judge was biased, he mauled me. I thought that was it."

Read: Coronation Street star Bill Roache cleared of all charges

During the trial process Mr Justice Holroyde said: "I don’t accept the submission that the content or tone of my summary of the evidence thus far could give rise to any inference of leaning towards the prosecution or against the defence."

The actor was found not guilty of all charges brought against him at Preston Crown Court last week.

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Roache police to review info from several 'other people'

Bill Roache was cleared of all charges against him. There are no new charges and no current investigation.
Bill Roache was cleared of all charges against him. There are no new charges and no current investigation. Credit: Press Association.

Police are set to review information they received from "a number of other people" during the trial of Coronation Street star William Roache, who was cleared of historic sex offences against five women earlier this week.

Read: Corrie actor Bill Roache cleared of rape and assault

Lancashire Police said they have been contacted with "further information", but said there is no "current investigation." A spokeswoman said:

"During the course of the trial of Mr Roache, a number of other people have contacted the police with further information.

"This information will be reviewed to ascertain what action, if any, needs to be taken in relation to it.

"Mr Roache was acquitted of all the charges in the trial and there is no current investigation."

MacShane criticises prosecutors' 'celebrity' focus

Denis MacShane was released from prison today after serving six weeks. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane has taken a swipe at prosecutors for pursuing "celebrity" cases and compared himself with Coronation Street star William Roache as he was released from jail today.

Prison is "the place" to go to to lose weight and get fit and is "fascinating", the ex-MP added as he walked free just six weeks into his six month sentence for bogus expenses claims totalling nearly £13,000.

MacShane criticised former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer for being "very keen" on celebrity prosecutions and linked himself to Roache, who was yesterday cleared of alleged sex offences.

He added: "Bill Roache yesterday, me today. It's Keir Starmer's little angels."

MacShane, 65, pleaded guilty to false accounting by filing 19 fake receipts for "research and translation" services and was jailed two days before Christmas.

Bill Roache bailed until September over assault charges

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been bailed to appear at court again on 2nd September when he will enter formal pleas.

Bill Roach arriving at court this morning.
Bill Roach arriving at court this morning. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The 81-year-old actor was charged in May with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and last week he faced fresh charges of five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16.

Roache appeared today for a five-minute preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court. His trial date is set for 13th January.

Coronation Street star Roache to appear in court

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will appear in court today.
Coronation Street star Bill Roache will appear in court today. Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will appear in court today accused of historic sexual offences against five girls.

The veteran actor was charged in May with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in East Lancashire in 1967 and last week he faced fresh charges of five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16.

He appeared before Preston magistrates last Friday when his lawyer said his client was looking forward to standing before a jury to "vigorously protest his innocence" of "deeply upsetting" child sex allegations.

The latest claims arose from the publicity of his arrest at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1, and his subsequent charging on the same day.

The fresh charges, which relate to separate alleged victims, are said to have been committed in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968.

Today's preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court is expected to set a date for a formal plea hearing and also a provisional trial date.

The hearing will take place from 10.30am.

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