Police on guard outside Bill Roache's home

Two police officers were stationed outside the wrought iron gates at the end of the drive to Roache's £650,000 home, shielded by bushes from the road in Wilmslow.

A growing press pack of TV cameras, photographers and reporters gathered outside the property.

Two police officers stand guard outside Bill Roache's home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Credit: PA Wire

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Bill Roache held over sex claims

Police are searching the house of Coronation Street actor Bill Roache. Lancashire Police said they have arrested the 81-year-old from Wilmslow on suspicion of rape.