British soap actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court today where the jury has retired to consider if he is guilty of committing a string of historic sex offences against young girls. Photograph:  Peter Powell/EPA.

The jury in the rape and indecent assault trial of Coronation Street star William Roache is to resume deliberation on its verdicts tomorrow.Mr Roache(...)

Coronation Street actor William Roache is accused of using his fame and popularity to exploit “starstruck” youngsters nearly 50 years ago. Photograph: Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images

Coronation Street star William Roache was “sticking to his script” when lying that he did not sexually abuse five young girls, a jury heard today.Mr R(...)

 Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride arrives at Preston Crown Court ahead of giving evidence in the trial of William Roache today in Preston, Lancashire. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Actors from Coronation Street are expected to be called to the witness box today at the trial of fellow star William Roache, who is accused of a strin(...)

Actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for his trial over historical sexual offence allegations. The Coronation Street star, who plays the character Ken Barlow, is charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl. Photograph: Getty

Coronation Street star William Roache told detectives it was “against my nature” to commit rape, a jury has heard .Roache (81) said he was “a very pea(...)

William Roache (third from left) with his children James Roache (left), Linus Roache and daughter Verity Roache arriving at court yesterday. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Watching Coronation Street star William Roache talk about his love life in a TV interview “made my skin crawl”, his alleged rape victim told police.Th(...)

British actor William Roache (second right), who plays the character of Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street, arrives with his sons James (left) and Linus (second left), and daughter Verity at Preston Crown Court in Preston. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Coronation Street star William Roache wrote a letter to a 14-year-old girl weeks after he indecently assaulted her and asked her to reply “when you st(...)

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court, Lancashire. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Coronation Street star William Roache has pleaded not guilty to committing historic sexual offences against five girls.The 81-year-old actor formally (...)

A file image of William Roache, famed on screen as Ken Barlow of Coronation Street, who was arrested yesterday morning after attending a police station in Cheshire by appointment.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Coronation Street actor William Roache has been bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court next Monday, when he is due to face a charge of raping a 15-ye(...)

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(...)