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    • Roache, 81, will not appear in the ITV soap while investigation continues
    • Charge is not connected to Operation Yewtree investigation into sex crimes


    Arrest: Bill Roache, pictured on Monday, has been charged over the alleged rape of a 15-year-old

    Coronation Street actor Bill Roache was last night charged with raping a schoolgirl more than 45 years ago.
    Roache, 81, who has played Ken Barlow for five decades, will face court later this month accused of twice raping the 15-year-old in 1967.
    He was taken into custody following a breakfast-time raid at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, yesterday.
    Twice-married Roache, the world’s longest serving soap actor, is one of the best known stars to be held over child sex allegations in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
    Roache, who was appointed an MBE for services to TV drama, will not feature in the soap pending the outcome of the investigation.
    Fellow Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster, is also currently off air after being charged with 19 sexual offences against a child, including rape, indecent assault and sexual activity.

    He denies the charges, which are not linked to Roache.
    Roache arrived home late last night looking tired and stony faced.
    The actor, wearing an open-necked shirt and jumper, was driven through the gates of his home in a dark coloured Ford Fiesta at about 9.45pm.
    He made no comment but his driver later left the property saying Mr Roache would make a statement today.

    Bill Roache arriving home in Cheshire after it was announced that he has been charged with rape

    Charged: Bill Roache was arrested by police in a swoop on his home this morning

    Police officers stood guard outside the gates of Bill Roache's home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, today

    Home: News of Roache's arrest came after a number of officers were seen outside his house

    Roache’s marriage to his first wife, Anna, ended in divorce in 1974. His second wife Sara died in 2009.
    Earlier this year it was revealed he ended his two-year relationship with TV weathergirl Emma Jesson, 44, so he could explore a ‘mystic message of love’ linked to his membership of the Pure Love Movement, a religious group.
    In a TV interview last year, Roache said he had slept with up to 1,000 women.
    In the interview with Piers Morgan, he told of his regrets at regularly cheating on his first wife.
    Last night, a statement issued by the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘The CPS has today authorised Lancashire Police to charge William Roache with two rapes allegedly committed against a 15-year-old girl in 1967.’

    Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: ‘We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Lancashire Police in relation to William Roache following allegations of rape.
    ‘We have been reviewing evidence and providing early investigative advice to Lancashire Police since March 1, 2013.
    ‘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.
    ‘Mr Roache will appear at Preston magistrates’ court on May 14. Mr Roache has a right to a fair trial and it is therefore very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.’
    The announcement was made just after 8pm, some 12 hours after his arrest.
    News of his arrest spread quickly after two police officers were seen at the gates to the driveway of his secluded £650,000 Wilmslow home.

    Meeting: Roache, one of Britain's longest-serving TV actors, with the Queen in Preston in 2002

    Police teams searched the property as Roache was taken to a police station to be questioned over allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl in Haslingden, near Bury, between April and July 1967.

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    Producers have been forced into a desperate re-editing of one of tomorrow’s episodes of Coronation Street following Bill Roache’s arrest.
    The actor had been due to appear in two scenes but these will be taken out. He was last in the soap on Monday.
    Insiders suggested the scenes were not crucial to the storyline.
    It is understood they were filmed not long before he left for New Zealand to appear in a play.

    Roache would have suffered the indignity of being DNA tested and finger-printed, and of having to pose for a police mugshot.
    Shortly before 4pm, officers could be seen placing brown paper evidence bags inside an unmarked police car, which left shortly afterwards.
    It was followed by two more unmarked police cars, each with three plain clothes officers inside.
    Near neighbour Gill Chibnall, 73, said: ‘I’m absolutely shocked, I just can’t believe it. I’m very sorry because he seems a nice chap, I can’t really believe he would do anything like that.
    ‘I haven’t seen him this week, I only know him as a neighbour. He stops to say hello or chat about the weather.
    'He is part of the community, when anybody wants anything opening he’s always willing to help out.’
    When told about Roache’s arrest, another local, who asked not to be named, said: ‘What’s he been up to? It’s all rubbish, he’s a lovely man.’
    In March, Roache issued a public apology after claiming sex abuse victims brought it upon themselves and were being punished for sins in a past life.
    He was interviewed for a New Zealand television news programme and discussing the Savile sex abuse scandal.

    Roache said the public should not be judgmental but be ‘totally forgiving’ of people who had committed child sex crimes.
    Asked to clarify whether that meant victims brought the abuse on themselves, he said: ‘No, not quite, and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.’
    He also called for the same anonymity for those accused of child sex offences as alleged victims are given until conviction because of the stigma they faced even if subsequently found innocent.
    ‘These people are instantly stigmatised, some will be innocent, some will not, but until such time as it’s proven there should be anonymity for both,’ he said.

    But his remarks were condemned by abuse charities – and Roache later issued a statement apologising, saying he was ‘sorry for any offence that has been caused as a result of my comments’.
    The controversial comments came a week after a senior CPS prosecutor warned of a new wave of celebrity arrests in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
    Other celebrities recently arrested – but not charged – over historic allegations of indecently assaulting under-age girls include entertainers Rolf Harris and Freddie Starr.
    Both have denied any wrong-doing in interviews with police.
    Comedian Jim Davidson and ex-Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis have also been arrested over alleged historic sex offences by officers on Operation Yewtree, the Scotland Yard probe launched in the aftermath of the Savile scandal.
    The claims against them do not concern under-age girls.
    Last week PR consultant Max Clifford was charged with 11 indecent assaults of girls and young women, including a 14-year-old.
    The charges, which he denies, relate to offences allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985.
    Last night none of Roache’s four children from his two marriages would comment. His publicist did not return calls.
    A Coronation Street spokesman said: ‘Given that a police investigation is under way it would not be appropriate for us to comment.’
    Lancashire Police said: ‘We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.’

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    He's the father of one of my faves, Wings of the Dove and Priest actor, Linus Roache.

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    ^ oh i love him too.
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    Two films coming out, one a vampire thing and the other with Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson.

    1967? I read too fast. Wondered how an 81 year old man could have...

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    And how the fuck are they going to prove an alleged event that happened in 1967. Probably another star struck teenage groupie, now middle aged woman jumping on the "I was shagged by a famous actor and I reckon I can make some cash out of it if I cry rape 45 years later" bandwagon. It's her word against his. Any witnesses? Any medical evidence? Im NOT defending rapists but in the current witch hunting atmosphere it seems any celeb is fair game for these accusations. And the mud sticks. Rolf Harris was recently named as another high profile alleged rapist years ago and is apparently a broken man. Any even vaguely famous person who shagged a willing fan decades ago (and who didnt) must be sweating blood waiting for the cops and the paps to turn up on his doorstep.
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    That's my thinking too, it must be a real thought for the police too - how the hell do you investigate a crime that old?
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    I agree with the above, but willing or not he shouldn't have slept with a 15 year old. He gives me the creeps with his comments about sexual abuse crimes being forgiven, past lives of victims, all that bullshit and his 'pure love' ideas.
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    Many times the alleged victim gets the benefit of the doubt in the absence of any real evidence and that worries me because there are women who use rape allegations as a weapon and know full well the damage they cause even if the accused is acquitted. It also harms the credibility of genuine rape victims. There should be a statute of limitations, say 10 years, for things like this. If you wait 45 years to report a rape then Im sorry but I think you have another agenda.
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    ^ That is also true. Both parties seem dodgy.
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    there's no statute of limitations? and i love linus roache too. not familiar with this guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuriCruise View Post
    I agree with the above, but willing or not he shouldn't have slept with a 15 year old. He gives me the creeps with his comments about sexual abuse crimes being forgiven, past lives of victims, all that bullshit and his 'pure love' ideas.
    I might've agreed with A*O but for these remarks on his part. Big red flags when you're talking about child predators and sex offenders in general. Ugh.

    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Many times the alleged victim gets the benefit of the doubt in the absence of any real evidence and that worries me because there are women who use rape allegations as a weapon and know full well the damage they cause even if the accused is acquitted. It also harms the credibility of genuine rape victims. There should be a statute of limitations, say 10 years, for things like this. If you wait 45 years to report a rape then Im sorry but I think you have another agenda.
    1. If they're going after him as part of the whole Savile nightmare then probably there's a bigger picture here than just persecuting a couple of old guys. What I mean is, I'm sure all has NOT yet been revealed with this shit.

    2. I actually agree with what he said about how BOTH the victims of sexual assault/abuse and the alleged perpetrators deserve anonymity because lives can be needlessly ruined. I'm thinking of the weird 80s cases over here of false recovered memories of abuse, having to do with nursery schools/daycares; and of a couple of specific cases I recall without actually being able to pull up the names. I'm sure Google has it covered for me. But yeah. It's a valid point. And it's a pity we're not ever gonna see that happen.

    3. Nevertheless, I'd be willing to bet that there are way more women and ESPECIALLY underage girls/boys and children who have been raped/molested and who are far too terrified and ashamed to ever come forward, than there are men who've been wrongly accused, especially of child molestation and especially who were railroaded all the way to prison.

    Given a choice of which group to protect, I come down passionately on the side of the victims. I absolutely do not find the alternative acceptable. It's kinda like 'innocent until proven guilty' and sometimes the proof is just not there even when the guilt is for real. The value judgment is that one innocent person going to prison or to execution is more important than any number of guilty parties not being convicted. It's simply an imperfect world and we must do the best we can to insure justice is done to the best of everyone's abilities.
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    It's quite possible, even likely, that sex took place. But was it rape or consensual - that's where the proof becomes almost impossible to establish so long after the event. I completely agree that all parties deserve anonymity until the courts decide what actually happened. I think celebs especially deserve to be protected because, like I say, mud sticks and this can be career ending stuff even if they are proved innocent.
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