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According to reports, May 01, 2013 actor Bill Roache, 80, who plays Ken Barlow in long-running soap opera Coronation Street, has been arrested over historic allegations of sex assault BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Coronation Street actor Bill Roache comes face to face with a wax work model of his street character Ken Barlow on July 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England. Two wax work figures of Coronation Street's Deirdre and Ken Barlow are the latest celebrity fascimiles to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Blackpool  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

According to reports, May 01, 2013 actor Bill Roache, 80, who plays Ken Barlow in long-running soap opera Coronation Street, has been arrested over historic allegations of sex assault BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Coronation Street actor Bill Roache comes face to face with a wax work model of his street character Ken Barlow on July 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England. Two wax work figures of Coronation Street's Deirdre and Ken Barlow are the latest celebrity fascimiles to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Blackpool (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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According to reports, May 01, 2013 actor Bill Roache, 80, who plays Ken Barlow in long-running soap opera Coronation Street, has been arrested over historic allegations of sex assault BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Coronation Street actor Bill Roache comes face to face with a wax work model of his street character Ken Barlow on July 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England. Two wax work figures of Coronation Street's Deirdre and Ken Barlow are the latest celebrity fascimiles to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Blackpool (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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.

Belfast Telegraph


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