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Focus only on Stuart Hall trial evidence, jury told

By Kim Pilling

Jurors in the rape trial of veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall have been told to focus on the evidence rather than on anything they may have read, seen or heard.

The jury of eight women and four men was sworn in at Preston Crown Court to hear historical allegations that Hall (84) raped and indecently assaulted two young girls.

Mr Justice Turner told them: "Put out of your mind anything you may have read, or do read, or may have heard or seen in this case in relation to this defendant."

Earlier yesterday Hall pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault between 1978 and 1979 against a girl aged under 16. He denies a total of 20 further allegtations of rape and indecent assault between 1976 and 1981.

The trial is estimated to last seven days.

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