BREAKING: Coronation Street actor Bill Roache arrested on suspicion of rape

William Roache.

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Derbyshire-born soapstar Bill Roache has been arrested over claims he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967.

The 81-year-old actor, from Ilkeston, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street was arrested by Lancashire police this morning (Wednesday) at his Cheshire home, according to reports.

A force spokesman said: “An 81-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning, Wednesday May 1, 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape.

“The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

“The offences are alleged to have been committed in Haslingden between April and July 1967 and to involve a girl aged 15 years.

“We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.”