Stuart Hall to enter formal pleas on sex abuse charges

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall will today enter formal pleas to allegations of historic sex offences.

Eighty-three-year-old Hall was initially charged with three separate indecent assaults of young girls - aged nine, 13 and 16 - dating between 1974 and 1984.

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

He then faced additional charges that he raped a 22-year-old woman in 1976 and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 girls, aged from nine to 16, between 1967 and 1986.

All the allegations will be dealt with at a plea and case management hearing at Preston Crown Court, with a provisional trial date set for October 2, expected to last four weeks.

In February, Hall indicated not guilty pleas at an earlier hearing before magistrates and outside court he strenuously denied any wrongdoing.