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Coronation Street star denies sex offences in Rossendale
1:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
CORONATION Street star William Roache pleaded not guilty to committing historic sexual offences against five girls.
The 81-year-old actor, who lived in Haslingden in the 1960s, formally denied the charges in a hearing at Preston Crown Court yesterday.
The veteran soap star was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire in May and charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in East Lancashire in 1967.
He was later additionally charged with five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16, allegedly committed in the Manchester area between 1965 and 1968.
Roache entered the dock and confirmed his name to the clerk.
The indictment containing the seven counts was then read out to him.
On each allegation he responded with a firm, clear answer of ‘not guilty’.
Roache's trial will begin at Preston Crown Court on January 14.
The trial is scheduled to last four weeks.
He remains on bail with various conditions.
These include residence, no direct unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and not to approach named witnesses.