January trial date for Ilkeston actor Roache

Coronation Street star leaves Preston Crown Court after he was told that he trial in January over allegations of historic sexual offences against five girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 10, 2013. The 81-year-old actor was charged in May with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and last week he faced fresh charges of five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. See PA story COURTS Roache. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Coronation Street star leaves Preston Crown Court after he was told that he trial in January over allegations of historic sexual offences against five girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 10, 2013. The 81-year-old actor was charged in May with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and last week he faced fresh charges of five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. See PA story COURTS Roache. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Ilkeston-born soapstar William Roache has appeared in court today (Monday) charged with indecent assault against four girls in the 1960s.

The 81-year-old Coronation Street actor was charged last month with two counts of rape of a girl aged 15 in 1967.

The actor, who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV soap for the last 53 years faced five fresh charges of indecent assault, involving four girls aged 12 to 16 in the Manchester area.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court for a five-minute hearing where he only spoke to confirm his name.

He was bailed to appear again on September 2 with a provisional trial date set for January 13, 2014.

The five latest charges relate to a period between 1965 and 1968.

Speaking outside court at an earlier hearing last week, his lawyer Brian Russell said the charges had been ‘deeply upsetting’ for Roache and he would ‘vigorously deny them’.

He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1 over the alleged rape of a girl in Haslingden, Lancashire.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that the latest claims arose from publicity over that arrest.

ITV previously confirmed Roache would not appear in the soap until legal proceedings were over.

The actor was born in Heanor Road and grew up in Ilkeston until going to boarding school in Wales as a teenager. He appeared in the first episode of Coronation Street in 1960.