VIDEO: Roache vows to fight sex charges

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Coronation Street star Bill Roache is looking forward to standing before a jury to “vigorously protest his innocence” of “deeply upsetting” child sex charges, his lawyer said today.

Brian Russell spoke outside Preston Magistrates’ Court as the actor arrived to face new charges linked to allegations made in the wake of publicity surrounding his original arrest last month.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

Roache, 81, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, was arrested yesterday morning after attending a police station in Cheshire by appointment.

The new offences are alleged to have been committed in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968 with the alleged victims aged between 11 or 12 and 16.

After Roache was charged last month with raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967, he issued a statement saying he “strenuously” denied the allegations.

Roache - the world’s longest-serving soap actor - has played Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap since its launch, but will not be appearing in the programme until legal proceedings are concluded.

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