Stuart Hall: Ex-BBC broadcaster in court over rape charges

Stuart Hall was escorted to Preston Magistrates' Court by two security guards

Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has appeared in court to face 15 charges of rape and one count of indecent assault involving two girls.

The allegations relate to girls aged 16 or under and are said to have taken place between 1976 and 1981.

Hall, 83, is currently in jail serving 30 months after pleading guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault.

He appeared at Preston Magistrates' Court and is due before the city's crown court on 29 November.

The latest allegations are said to have been carried out in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Last month, it was announced Hall had been stripped of the OBE he was awarded in December 2011.

He was the face of BBC regional news in the North West before he presented the TV entertainment programme It's A Knockout.

In later years, he was best known for his football match reports on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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