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Roache sorry for abuse remarks

Coronation Street star Bill Roache said he was "very sorry for any offence that has been caused" after he suggested in a television interview that victims of paedophiles bring abuse upon themselves because of what they have done in previous lives.

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Corrie star Bill Roache apologises for abuse remarks

Coronation Street star Bill Roache apologised today after he suggested that victims of sexual abuse are being punished for their behaviour in previous lives.

Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap began in 1960, made the comments during an interview with New Zealand's One News.

The actor said he had "no intention of causing any kind of distress", adding, "I offer my upmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia".

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports:

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