Stuart Hall admits child sex abuse

Stuart Hall outside Preston Crown Court.

Stuart Hall outside Preston Crown Court.

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Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged nine.

Hall, 83, entered the guilty pleas last month at Preston Crown Court but they can only be revealed today after reporting restrictions were lifted.

The sex offences took place between 1967 and 1986.

One of the charges relates to an incident in Blackpool.

Despite previous vociferous public denials of any wrongdoing, Hall calmly and repeatedly answered “guilty” when the charges were put to him at the hearing on April 16.

Sat in front of the dock with his legal representatives, he confirmed his full name of James Stuart Hall to the clerk in the plea hearing.

The Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, told him he would be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

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