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Friday 28 August 2015

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache bailed over rape charges

Published 15/05/2013

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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