Coronation Street star Bill Roache ‘seeking a police apology’

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A LETTER of apology is reportedly being sought by former East Lancashire actor William Roache over his rape and sex abuse trial.

But while Lancashire Police has confirmed it had been in correspondence with the Coronation Street star, it is understood no expressions of regret will be forthcoming.

Roache was acquitted of two offences of rape and five charges of indecent assault early last month after a three-week plus trial at Preston Crown Court.

The rape offences were alleged to have occurred in 1967 when the actor lived in Haslingden. He insisted he had never even met his accusers.

In a national newspaper yesterday, friends of Roache said he was considering legal action against Lancashire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service and wants an apology.

But while police confirmed they had written to the actor, it is believed their position has not changed since the conclusion of the trial, when a force spokesman said that the constabulary ‘respected’ the jury’s verdicts but the case had been properly brought.

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2:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Why isn't he seeking to take legal action against his accusers?

Should the Police issue an apology every single time somebody gets off something at court?

Wind yer neck in Roache.
Why isn't he seeking to take legal action against his accusers? Should the Police issue an apology every single time somebody gets off something at court? Wind yer neck in Roache. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 15

2:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bluenose_in_exile says...

Nasty Tory apologist.
Was hoping he'd get some porridge.
Nasty Tory apologist. Was hoping he'd get some porridge. Bluenose_in_exile
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

burner says...

. . . . smoke . . . . fire . . . ?
. . . . smoke . . . . fire . . . ? burner
  • Score: -2

3:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

woolywords says...

When someone makes an allegation, such as this, the Police will investigate and then pass the evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions, to make a decision as to whether to prosecute.
The DPP obviously thought that there was a case to answer and so Mr Roache had his day in court, with the result that, there wasn't sufficient evidence for a jury to convict, beyond a reasonable doubt.
As ever in the cases, there is always the stigma of him having 'got off with it' from certain quarters, no matter the evidence, or lack of, against him.
Far from seeking any apologies, Mr Roache should be demanding the prosecution of those who made the allegations, on a charge of perjury. Or even, taking out a private prosecution of his own.
When someone makes an allegation, such as this, the Police will investigate and then pass the evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions, to make a decision as to whether to prosecute. The DPP obviously thought that there was a case to answer and so Mr Roache had his day in court, with the result that, there wasn't sufficient evidence for a jury to convict, beyond a reasonable doubt. As ever in the cases, there is always the stigma of him having 'got off with it' from certain quarters, no matter the evidence, or lack of, against him. Far from seeking any apologies, Mr Roache should be demanding the prosecution of those who made the allegations, on a charge of perjury. Or even, taking out a private prosecution of his own. woolywords
  • Score: 13

3:41pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mavrick says...

He should be suing his accusers, The trouble is once such an accusation is made the persons life is destroyed. we have already had the comment above , smoke, fire,? No matter what the courts decide your innocence. The public will remain suspicious. I am afraid his position like Micheal Levals is untenable as characters in a national soap like Corrie. I am afraid there is no way back that will allow them to carry on. Perhaps it is an opportunity to revamp the soap with new characters, some of the new actors and actresses currently in the soap should have more cutting edge storylines. I don't believe Corrie shows the north in a good light.
He should be suing his accusers, The trouble is once such an accusation is made the persons life is destroyed. we have already had the comment above , smoke, fire,? No matter what the courts decide your innocence. The public will remain suspicious. I am afraid his position like Micheal Levals is untenable as characters in a national soap like Corrie. I am afraid there is no way back that will allow them to carry on. Perhaps it is an opportunity to revamp the soap with new characters, some of the new actors and actresses currently in the soap should have more cutting edge storylines. I don't believe Corrie shows the north in a good light. mavrick
  • Score: 6

5:56pm Mon 10 Mar 14

juanbbien says...

Bill Roach tried suing the Sun newspaper in 1991 when they labelled is characture Ken Barlow as Boring he lost so he then tried suing his Lawyers for giving him bad advice and lost again to the tune of £300,000 making him bankrupt
Bill Roach tried suing the Sun newspaper in 1991 when they labelled is characture Ken Barlow as Boring he lost so he then tried suing his Lawyers for giving him bad advice and lost again to the tune of £300,000 making him bankrupt juanbbien
  • Score: 6

6:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Why should the Police apologise, they were acting in response to certain allegations made by the alleged victims, which they have a duty to do.
Why should the Police apologise, they were acting in response to certain allegations made by the alleged victims, which they have a duty to do. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 10

6:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

icannotrace says...

It's not the Police Ken it's the DPP who make the decision to prosecute as well you know. Unfortunately you've been caught up in the wake of the Jimmy Saville investigations and this will bring every nutcase in the country out of the closet along with of course people who have genuinely been assaulted. Either move on or take out private actions against those that accused you.

This story does say "reportedly" so probably not true anyway. Just a slow news day
It's not the Police Ken it's the DPP who make the decision to prosecute as well you know. Unfortunately you've been caught up in the wake of the Jimmy Saville investigations and this will bring every nutcase in the country out of the closet along with of course people who have genuinely been assaulted. Either move on or take out private actions against those that accused you. This story does say "reportedly" so probably not true anyway. Just a slow news day icannotrace
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Mon 10 Mar 14

shanbrurik says...

Me think he doth protest too much.!!!!
Me think he doth protest too much.!!!! shanbrurik
  • Score: 3

6:42am Wed 12 Mar 14

doylerf says...

He won't sue his accusers, that's a civil action with different rules. Unlike the law courts that require reasonable doubt, the civil courts require balance of probability and they might find against him, in that he probably is a nonce.
He won't sue his accusers, that's a civil action with different rules. Unlike the law courts that require reasonable doubt, the civil courts require balance of probability and they might find against him, in that he probably is a nonce. doylerf
  • Score: 1

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