Coronation Street star William Roache denies rape

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Coronation Street star William Roache has "strenuously" denied raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s. Mr Roache, 81, is accused of two counts of rape in Haslingden, Lancashire, between April and July 1967. [...]

Mr Roache has an award from Guinness World Records for being the world's longest-serving soap actor, having appeared in Coronation Street since its first episode in 1960.

source: Article 'Coronation Street star William Roache denies rape'; www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22378146; BBC News; 2 May 2013