Jailed broadcaster Stuart Hall faces fresh claims of child sex abuse

The former It's A Knockout presenter is currently serving a 30-month jail term and is set to be questioned further by Lancashire Police

Adam Withnall
Thursday 26 September 2013 14:00
Fresh allegations have been made about disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall
Fresh allegations have been made about disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall

Disgraced BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall is set to face questioning over fresh allegations of child sex abuse.

The 83-year-old is currently serving a 30-month jail term after he was found guilty of a series of historical charges of indecent assault.

After admitting 14 counts of abuse against girls as young as nine, the former presenter of It’s A Knockout had his sentence doubled from an initial 15 months term which was criticised as “unduly lenient” by the Court of Appeal.

Lancashire Police has now confirmed that it has received “further allegations” about Hall, with Sky News reporting that a woman told officers Hall raped her regularly, over several years, when she was a young teenager.

A police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have received further allegations and we are currently working with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine the most appropriate course of action.”

The offences for which Hall, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, is currently in jail were committed against girls aged between nine and 17 over a period of almost 20 years.

When those allegations were first made public, the presenter vehemently denied the accusations against him, in what has been described by Lord Judge as a “seriously aggravating” feature of the case.

The judge said those original denials – in which Hall described the claims against him as “cruel, pernicious and spurious – were made when he knew the truth and. Lord Judge said that, as an expert in the use of the media, Hall was fully alert to the possible advantages of manipulating it.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve referred the case to the Court of Appeal, arguing that the original sentence failed to adequately reflect the gravity of the offences and the public concern about such crimes.