Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall is due before Preston Magistrates within the next few minutes. Hall is accused of sexual abuse against girls, the youngest aged 8.
The 82-year-old was arrested at his home in Cheshire, last month. He's already said, through his solicitor, that he denies the charges.
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