Judge: This is not the fictional Ken Barlow on trial

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning is at Preston Crown Court:


Judge tells jury that Bill Roache is probably a very familiar figure to you as he's a well known actor. Says is charged with sexual offences


Judge tells jury "it is not the fictional character Ken Barlow in court, its the real person William Roache who is on trial."


Judge says Each member of jury must separate the fictional character from the real person. #barlow


Jury in Bill Roache trial retires to consider verdicts

The jury in the trial of Coronation Street actor William Roache has retired to consider its verdicts. Roache denies two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault.