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Veteran BBC presenter Stuart Hall charged with rape

Published on Jan 23, 2013 9:25 AM
British broadcaster Stuart Hall arrives at Preston Magistrates Court in north west England, on Jan 7, 2013, to face charges of the alleged indecent assault of three girls aged between nine and sixteen on various dates between the years 1974 and 1984. Hall denies the charges. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British police on Tuesday charged veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall with one offence of rape and 14 of indecent assault committed between 1967 and 1986.

The assaults involve 10 girls aged between nine and 16-years-old and the rape charge concerns a woman aged 22 when the alleged offence took place in 1976.

Lancashire Police arrested Hall earlier Tuesday after he attended a police station by appointment. He was bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston, north-west England, on Feb 7.

"Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service an 83-year-old man has this evening been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault," a Lancashire Police statement said.

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