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Stuart Hall due in court to face 15 rape charges

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall will appear at Preston Crown Court today accused of 15 counts of rape on two young girls.

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall will appear in court today accused of 15 counts of rape on two young girls.
Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall will appear in court today accused of 15 counts of rape on two young girls. Credit: PA

The 83-year-old, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, is currently serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims, one as young as nine, over a period of nearly 20 years.

But after he was jailed earlier this year, new allegations came to light and Hall was charged with more alleged historic sexual offences against two alleged victims aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time.

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Stuart Hall to be charged with 16 sexual offences

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Lancashire Police to charge Stuart Hall with 15 offences of rape relating to two girls and one offence of indecent assault.

Stuart Hall Credit: Press Association

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “Following a careful review, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Stuart Hall for 16 alleged sexual offences against two girls and that it is in the public interest to do so.

"It is alleged that Stuart Hall committed offences against one girl, aged between 14 and 16, from 1976 to 1978 and another girl, aged between 11 or 12 and 15, from 1976 to 1981.

“This decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences and the DPP’s guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.”

Stuart Hall questioned over new sex abuse claims

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of committing more historical sex offences.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said the allegations relate to two alleged female victims aged between 12 and 15 at the time.

A police mug shot of Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall, 83, is currently serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims over a 20-year period. Credit: Lancashire Police/PA Wire

"The man will be interviewed at a Lancashire police station during the course of the day," the spokeswoman said.

"We are not prepared to discuss further details at this stage," she added.

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall stripped of OBE

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall who was jailed for a string of child sex offences has been stripped of his OBE.

Stuart Hall has been stripped of his OBE. Credit: PA

The notice in The London Gazette read:

"The Queen has directed that the appointment of James Stuart Hall to be an Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 31 December 2011, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

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Stuart Hall 'to be stripped of his OBE'

Former broadcaster Stuart Hall, who was jailed for sex offences against children, will be stripped of his OBE by the Queen, the London Evening Standard reports.

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Stuart Hall was originally sentenced to 15 months in prison, which was later doubled by the Court of Appeal. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Hall was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity.

Police 'working closely with CPS' on new Hall claims

We can confirm that we have received further allegations against Mr Hall and we are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine the most appropriate course of action.

We take all allegations of sexual abuse seriously and 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
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