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Victims welcome Stuart Hall's sentence review

By Jamie Grierson

VICTIMS of jailed sex offender Stuart Hall have welcomed a move to refer his prison sentence to the Court of Appeal for being too soft.

Hall (83) was jailed for 15 months after admitting 14 indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987.

More than 150 people demanded the Attorney General's Office referred the It's A Knockout presenter's sentence to the Court of Appeal for being "unduly lenient".

Alan Collins, who is representing 17 of Hall's victims, said: "We do echo the view of many sexual abuse victims and groups representing them that sentences should reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed and the decision to review Stuart Hall's sentence is to be welcomed.

"We await the court's decision with great interest."

Hall, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, directly exploited his role as a popular BBC presenter to target four of his victims, while he assaulted another four on the pretence of giving elocution lessons to them at his home.

Before entering his guilty plea in April, he made a public pronouncement, describing all the claims against him as "cruel, pernicious and spurious".

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