Broadcaster Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges

Broadcaster Stuart Hall strongly denied child abuse allegations. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has strongly denied child abuse charges.

The 82-year-old was arrested on Wednesday morning and later charged with three offences of indecent assault against young girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

His solicitor Louise Straw said in a statement: "Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges.

"He is unable to comment further at this stage.

"It is a matter of concern that in the week following the publication of the Leveson report, there appears to have been systematic, measured leaks to the media, which have given a misleading impression of what this case it about."

She also criticised the police decision to arrest the former "It's a Knockout" presenter at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

She said: "Stuart Hall was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station.

"In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny.

"Stuart Hall is innocent. There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain."

Hall faces three charges of indecent assault between 1974 and 1984 involving girls aged between nine and 17 years old.

Hall was bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston on January 7, 2013.