Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache bailed over rape charges

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Appearing at Preston Magistrates Court, the 81-year-old was led into the witness box and confirmed his details.

He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967. Roache was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.

Roache arrived at the court just before 9.10am and made no comment to waiting media.

He entered Court 3 at 10am and then appeared relaxed as he waited for District Judge Jane Goodwin to come in.

There was no indication of a plea from the actor.

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