Coronation Street star Bill Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court today. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will face trial in January over allegations of historic sexual offences against five girls. The 81-year-old (...)

British actor William Roache leaves Preston Magistrates Court, in northern England this morning. Roache appeared on sex offence charges, dating back to 1967. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. Appearing at Pre(...)

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arriving home in Cheshire after he was arrested on suspicion of an historic allegation of a sexual assault. Photograph: PA

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967. The 81-year-old, who has play(...)

Actor Bill Roache (81), who plays Ken Barlow in long-running soap opera Coronation Street, has been arrested on suspicion of an historical sexual assault. Photograph: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

Long-serving Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been arrested on suspicion of an historical sexual assault, sources said today. The (...)

Actor Bill Roache has been criticised after making comments about victims of paedophiles during an interview with a New Zealand news station. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Coronation Street star Bill Roache today said he was “very sorry” over his controversial comments on the victims of paedophiles which seemed to(...)