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William Roache trial: Fellow cast member described Corrie star as a 'cockroach'

Actor playing Len Fairclough said 'You want to keep your eye on him’

Pat Hurst

Published 20/01/2014 | 16:52

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Coronation street star William Roache arrives at Preston Crown, where he faces two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 16, 2014. See PA story COURTS Roache. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Coronation street star William Roache arrives at Preston Crown, where he faces two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967

CORONATION Street star William Roache was called a "cockroach" by a fellow cast member, a court heard today.

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And one of his alleged sex assault victims was warned by Peter Adamson, who played Len Fairclough in the soap, that he would "lead you astray", the jury heard.

The witness claims Roache indecently assaulted her when she was about 14 after he arranged passes for herself and her younger sister on a visit to Granada Studios in Manchester.

She told the jury at Preston Crown Court last week that Roache groped her in a room after being led past the Rovers Return pub on the set.

Today, she was cross-examined by the defendant's lawyer, Louise Blackwell QC, and claimed that Mr Adamson made the "cockroach" remark about the actor while she was at the studios.

"It was Len Fairclough that made the comment," she said.

"Because when he said it he looked directly at him and he looked at us and said 'You want to keep your eye on him, he will lead you astray' and he called him 'cockroach'.

Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies two counts of rapes and five counts of indecent assault involving five complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971.

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