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Alleged Roache victim: 'Rape happened in silence'

The 62 year old woman who has accused Coronation Street star Bill Roache of raping her as a 15-year-old girl has told the court the alleged assault took place in complete silence.

Cross examined by defence barrister Louise Blackwell QC, the woman said that she was "speechless and shocked" throughout the alleged attack, which the court heard took place in 1967, at Roache's home in the Lancashire village of Haslingden.

Actor Bill Roache is standing trial at Preston Crown Court. Credit: Press Association

"I was shocked - all I wanted to do was get away," she said.

"You just lay there and said nothing?" Ms Blackwell asked. "Yes, I was speechless."

"He didn't speak either," she added.

The woman told the court that she went to school the next day as normal, and told nobody what had happened - not even her best friend.

When asked why, she said: "I was humiliated, disgusted and ashamed. I was so shocked I couldn't say a word to anyone."

81-year-old William Roache denies two charges of rape and five charges of indecent assault. The case continues.


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Signed photograph Roache sent to alleged victim

Coronation Street star William Roache wrote a letter and sent a signed photograph to a 14-year-old girl weeks after he indecently assaulted her and asked her to reply "when you start school again", his trial has heard.

The signed photograph signed by Bill Roache. Credit: Police Handout

The photograph shown to the jury is signed: Love to (alleged victim)! William Roache (Ken Barlow).

Giving evidence today at Preston Crown Court, the complainant, who was sent the letter and photograph, said Roache forced her to perform a sex act on him in the mens' toilets at Granada Studios in Manchester in the summer of 1965. Roache denies all charges.

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