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Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall charged with rape

The 83-year-old has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault involving one woman and ten girls between 1967 and 1986.

Stuart Hall receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace in March of last year.
Stuart Hall receiving his OBE at Buckingham Palace in March of last year.
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POLICE IN BRITAIN have charged the veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall with one offence of rape and 14 of indecent assault committed between 1967 and 1986.

The alleged offences involve 10 girls aged between nine and 16-years-old between 1967 and 1986 with the rape charge concerning a woman who was 22-years-old when the alleged offence took place in 1976.

Hall has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century having established himself as a reporter on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as working on the 1970s TV show ‘It’s A Knockout’.

Last year he was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting and charity.

Lancashire Police arrested the 83-year-0ld yesterday after he attended a police station by appointment.

“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.

Hall, who has an address at Prestbury Road, Wilmslow in Cheshire, was bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston, northwest England, on 7 February.

The presenter appeared before the same court earlier this month where he pleaded not guilty to three other charges of indecent assault. That case has been sent to the the higher crown court in Preston.

Police have said that the charges against Hall are not part of the investigation into allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children against the late BBC star Jimmy Savile.

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