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.”