Stuart Hall faces further rape allegations

Disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall, from Cheshire, is facing more police questioning over new allegations of rape.

Stuart Hall: Faces further allegations of rape. Picture: PA

Lancashire Police have received “further allegations” about Hall, who was jailed for 15 months in June after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine.

Sky News reported that a woman has alleged that the broadcaster raped her regularly over several years when she was a teenager.

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A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we have received further allegations and we are currently working with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine the most appropriate course of action.”

Hall, from Wilmslow, admitted indecently assaulting girls aged between nine and 17 over a period of almost 20 years after initially denying the allegations.

A rape charge - which Hall denied - was left on file after it was given consideration at “the most senior level” of the Crown Prosecution Service and the alleged victim was also consulted, and agreed.

The sentence of the former It’s A Knockout presenter has been doubled at the Court of Appeal after the initial jail term was criticised as ‘’unduly lenient’’.

When Hall’s sentence was increased to 30 months, judges criticised his public denials of his victims’ claims when he knew he was guilty.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said the court regarded his original denials - describing the claims against him as “cruel, pernicious and spurious” in a statement made from the steps of a court - as a “seriously aggravating” feature in the case.

He said that when Hall attacked his victims’ claims, he knew the truth and, as an expert in the use of the media, was fully alert to the possible advantages of manipulating it.

The case was referred to the Court of Appeal by Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who argued that Hall’s sentence failed to adequately reflect the gravity of his offending and the public concern about such crimes.