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'Coronation Street' actor Bill Roache charged with two counts of rape

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Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s, prosecutors have confirmed.

The 81-year-old, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, will appear before Preston magistrates on May 14.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache at Riverside Studios

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Bill Roache at Riverside Studios



Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Nazir Afzal explained that the evidence against the actor had been "carefully considered", saying: "We have been reviewing evidence and providing early investigative advice to Lancashire Police since 1 March.

"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Roache to be charged with two offences of rape relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1967."

Roache is alleged to have committed the offences in Haslingden, Lancashire, between April and July 1967. Neither Roache nor ITV has yet commented on the charges.

The Ken Barlow actor was arrested in relation to the allegations earlier today (May 1).

It was subsequently confirmed that he would not appear in Coronation Street while investigations into the rape allegations were continuing.

Michael Le Vell, who plays Weatherfield's Kevin Webster, has also been written out of Coronation Street while he awaits trial over child sex charges.

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