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Actor Bill Roache, left, leaves Preston Magistrates court after facing charges of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967, in Preston, England, May 14, 2013. The 81-year-old actor has played Ken Barlow in the British TV soap Coronation Street since its launch in 1960.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache makes first court appearance on rape charges

Veteran Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has made his first appearance in court accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache comes face to face with a wax work model of his street character Ken Barlow on July 25, 2011 in Blackpool, England.

Madame Tussauds removes waxwork of Coronation Street's Ken Barlow following 'inappropriate behaviour'

A waxwork of Coronation Street’s longest-serving character Ken Barlow has been removed from Madame Tussauds in Blackpool after visitors displayed “inappropriate behaviour” towards it.

Stefan Ratchford racked up the points during Warringtons' 52-6 Challenge Cup victory over Salford

Stefan Ratchford racks up points as holders embarrass Salford

Warrington Wolves rout Salford City Reds 52-6 in the Challenge Cup fifth round

Hull 24 Wakefield 6 match report: England international Gareth Ellis made his mark

Gareth Ellis scored his first try since returning to England to help Hull into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

The 10 Best food festivals

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Britain's biggest fracking company has warned that any production of shale gas would involve “flaring off” leakages

Coming to sites across the UK soon – fracking flares

IGas chief warns that any production of shale gas would involve 'flaring off' leakages

Stuart Hall is made an OBE by the Queen in March last year

One of Stuart Hall's victims speaks out: 'Every time I've heard his voice on the radio since I think "how can you do it?"'

Jonathan Brown on Stuart Hall’s journey from a national treasure to a national disgrace

'An opportunistic predator': Stuart Hall faces prison as he admits 14 sex assaults against 13 girls as young as nine

BBC veteran's lawyer says he knows his 'disgrace is complete'

Coronation Street star Bill Roache strenuously denies allegations he raped underage girl in 1967

Roache, 81, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and was interviewed by police late into yesterday evening

Wigan reward young Greg Burke with new deal

The Wigan forward Greg Burke has signed a new-three-year deal with the Super League leaders. Burke has been one of several Wigan youngsters to make an excellent impression this season and his form has been rewarded with a new contract.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Blair milks Milken for $1m charity donation

It has been a long time since Michael Milken’s name was news in this country. He was the 1980s Junk Bond King, who piled up untold wealth in the boom years, but came to grief at the end of the decade when he copped a ten-year jail sentence, a $200m fine and a permanent ban on dealing in securities, after  pleading guilty to six felonies, in what was then the biggest fraud case in the history of the US securities industry.

Warrington Wolves' Joel Monaghan goes over for a try past Bradford Bulls Michael Platt during the Super League match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Paws for thought: Gary Downie, founder of Streetkleen, isn’t one to shy away from dog mess

Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement

Scourge of the nation’s pavements is to be turned into electricity

London calling: Chris Bailey starts the comeback with Broncos’ first try

London Broncos 21 St Helens 14 match report: Struggling Broncos finally home in on vital win

Michael Robertson and Tommy Lee scored second-half tries as London Broncos earned a first home win over St Helens since 2002. It was also the Broncos' first home victory this season, and ended a run of 13 straight wins in the capital for the Saints.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape