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Roache 'horror' over rape claim

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has vowed to fight allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967, saying he was "astounded and deeply horrified".

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Bill Roache 'strenuously denies' rape allegations

I am astounded and deeply horrified by the extraordinary events of the last twenty-four hours.

I strenuously deny the allegations and will now focus my full attention on fighting to preserve my innocence in the challenging times ahead.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those people who have offered me their support and good wishes at this difficult time.

– Bill Roache

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