British actor William Roache has been found not guilty  by a jury at Preston Crown Court of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault.
Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

British actor William Roache has been cleared of all charges of sexually abusing five youngsters. Mr Roache was today found not guilty by a jury at Pr(...)

 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(...)

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court where where he faces two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and five counts of indecent assault involving four other complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

An alleged rape victim of Coronation Street star William Roache was so “humiliated” at the attack she kept it a secret at the time, a jury has heard.P(...)

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(...)

PRESTON, LANCASHIRE - JANUARY 14:  Coronation Street Star William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for the start of his trial of historical sexual offence allegations on January 14, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire. Coronation Street star Roache who plays the character Ken Barlow on the ITV soap, is charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl. The offences allegedly took place between April and July 1967. Roache is also charged with five counts of indecent assault against four girls between the ages of 11 or 12 and 16. Three of the offences allegedly took place in 1965 and two in 1968.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Coronation Street star William Roache will go on trial today accused of committing historic sexual offences against five girls.The 81-year-old veteran(...)

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 (...)