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Ilkeston born Coronation Sreet star, William Roache, has given a statement after being cleared of two counts of rape and four charges of indecent assault.

Speaking just minutes ago on the steps of Preston Crown Court the 81-year-old thanked his family, ITV, colleagues, friends and his management and legal team.

He added: “In these situations there are no winners and I think we should be much kinder to ourselves.

“Now if you will excuse me, I’d like to get back to work.”

Shortly afterwards he left the court flanked by his family and a security guard.