Roache wants police apology

Bill Roache
Bill Roache

Ilkeston born actor William Roache will meet his lawyers this week to decide whether to take legal action over historic sex charges made against him.

The 81-year-old, famous for playing Coronation Street character Ken Barlow, was cleared of two counts of rape and five of indecent assault following a four week trial last month.

According to the national press he is furious that the case made it to court with what he says was not enough evidence.

A friend close to the star told the Sunday Mirror: “Bill and his family still don’t understand how the case against him ever reached court.

“He knows the allegations against him were very serious and that the police have a job to do when serious claims like these are made. But, equally, he and his solicitors are concerned there was a real lack of evidence to back up what was being claimed.

“He simply thinks someone should say sorry for putting him through the worst ordeal of his life.”

A spokesman for the actor confirmed: “Bill will meet solicitors and is keeping all his options open.”