Charges relate to offences between 2001 and 2010

Michael Le Vell was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.

However, Greater Manchester Police said the actor, from Hale, Cheshire, had been charged with sex offences against a youngster after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010.

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Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has said he will "fight vigorously" the 19 child sex offences he has been charged with, including one of rape. ITV said he will not be appearing in any further episodes pending the outcome of legal proceedings.