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Roache to attend court hearing
Coronation Street star Bill Roache is due to appear in court for a further hearing over historic sexual offences against five girls.
The 81-year-old actor is expected to be asked to enter pleas to the charges at Preston Crown Court.
The veteran soap star was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire in May and initially charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967. He was later additionally charged with five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16, allegedly committed in the Manchester area between 1965 and 1968.
Roache said he was "astounded and deeply horrified" by the accusations after his arrest and vowed to "strenuously deny" the allegations.
At an earlier hearing a provisional trial date was set for January 13 next year.
The world's longest-serving soap actor, he has played Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap since its launch but will not be appearing in the programme until legal proceedings are concluded.
Roache is on bail with various conditions including residence, no direct unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 and not to approach named witnesses.
Roache is scheduled to appear for a plea and case management hearing before the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC.