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Roache rape charges hearing

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court after he was charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967. The 81-year-old denies the charges.

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Coronation Street actor due in court on rape charges

Roache pictured near his home in Cheshire after his arrest was announced. Credit: PA

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache is to appear in court today charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

The 81-year-old, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap since its launch, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1.

Earlier this month Roache "strenuously" denied the accusations.

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