Bill Roache appears in court on rape charge

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Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in the long-running soap, has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Appearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court, the 81-year-old was led into the witness box and confirmed his full name, address and date of birth.

Actor Bill Roache leaves Preston Magistrates court. Picture: AP

Actor Bill Roache leaves Preston Magistrates court. Picture: AP

He was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1 and was later charged with two counts of rape against his alleged victim in 1967.

Roache was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 10.