Bill Roache of Coronation Street fame in Manchester, 2010Coronation Street legend Bill Roache has been charged with five counts of indecent assault.

The 81-year old, who has starred as Ken Barlow since the soap’s launch in 1960, was last month charged with two counts of rape occurring in the 1960s, however fresh allegations against the actor have now emerged.

The Crown Prosecution Service has instructed Lancashire Police to charge Roache with five counts of indecent assault involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “We have carefully considered all the  evidence gathered by Lancashire Police in relation to recent allegations from four complainants that William Roache indecently assaulted them in the 1960s.

“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 five offences of indecent assault relating to four girls who were aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time that the alleged offences happened.”

The full charges are:

  • Two indecent assaults in relation to a 14-year-old girl in 1965
  • One indecent assault in relation to a 16-year-old girl in 1965
  • One indecent assault in relation to a girl aged 13 or 14 in 1968
  • One indecent assault in relation to a girl aged 11 or 12 in  1968

Roache will appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

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