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Updated: 'It's a Knockout' presenter Stuart Hall charged with indecent assaults

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Stuart Hall has been charged with three counts of indecent assault.

The former It's a Knockout presenter was arrested by Lancashire Police earlier today (December 5) over alleged incidents in the 1970s and '80s involving three girls aged between 9 and 16, reports BBC News.

 Stuart Hall pictured at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire in December 2011

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Hall has been bailed and will appear before Preston Magistrates in January. The BBC has confirmed that Hall will not be working for the corporation while police continue their enquiries.

A police spokesperson had earlier said of the arrest: "An 82-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning been arrested by Lancashire Police at his home address on suspicion of rape and indecent assault.

"The man will be interviewed at a police station during the course of the day. The allegations are historic. We are not prepared to discuss further."

A police officer carrying a plastic bags from the home of Stuart Hall in Wilmslow, Cheshire following the arrest of the veteran BBC commentator over allegation of rape and indecent assault.

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[A police officer carrying plastic bags from the home of Stuart Hall in Wilmslow, Cheshire]

Stuart Hall is perhaps best known for his presenting duties on It's a Knockout from 1972 to 1982.

He was also the original host of Question of Sport, and still contributes to BBC Radio 5 Live.

Hall is renowned for his flamboyant style of commentating, and has claimed to have coined the football phrase "the beautiful game".

He was given an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity last December.

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