Thursday 22 February 2018

Roache case police to look at more info

FREE: William Roache after his trial. Photo: Peter Byrne
FREE: William Roache after his trial. Photo: Peter Byrne

Catherine Wylie

BRITISH police are set to review information they received from "a number of other people" during the trial of Coronation Street star William Roache, who was cleared of sex offences against five women.

Roache, 81, who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, was found not guilty by a jury of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault following a four-week trial.

However, Lancashire Police have now said they were contacted with "further information" but that there was "no current investigation".

A spokeswoman said: "During the trial of Mr Roache, a number of other people contacted the police with further information. This will be reviewed to ascertain what action, if any, needs to be taken in relation to it.

Mr Roache was acquitted of all the charges in the trial and there is no current investigation."

It has been reported that the information came from three women.

Speaking after his acquittal on Thursday, Mr Roache said:

"I have just got one thing to say: in these situations there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves.

"Now if you will excuse me, I would like to get back to work."

The actor did not respond when asked if the trial had been "a witch-hunt".

Irish Independent

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