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Broadcaster Stuart Hall won't be giving evidence

By Kim Pilling

Paedophile broadcaster Stuart Hall will not give evidence from the witness box in defence of sex assault allegations, a jury has been told.

Hall (84) has pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court to 20 allegations of rape and indecent assault between 1976 and 1981 against two young girls.

The complainants came forward after he was jailed last year for a string of historical indecent assaults against 13 young girls.

Following the end of the prosecution case, Crispin Aylett QC, defending Hall, said: "I am not intending to call the defendant to give evidence."

It is said the former It's A Knockout presenter groomed his victims and plied them with alcohol before he raped them.

The trial continues today.

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