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Stuart Hall to face further charges

The BBC sports presenter Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault. Lancashire Police announced details of the prosecution, which relates to offences allegedly committed between 1967 and 1986.

Police said that Hall was arrested and bailed to appear in court in Preston on 7 February. The indecent assault charges are alleged to involve 10 girls aged between 9 and 16. The rape is alleged to have been committed in 1976 against a 22-year-old woman.

Hall was first arrested in December. Hall was initially charged with three alleged indecent assaults to which he had pleaded not guilty. His arrest coincided with the widespread police investigation Operation Yewtree, the inquiry into offences committed by the late Jimmy Savile and alleged offences by prominent celebrities and broadcasters. There have been several arrests connected to the investigation,including DJ Dave Lee Travis, publicist Max Clifford and comedians Jim Davidson and Freddie Starr.

Hall, a regional sports reporter for the BBC since the 1950s, came to national prominence as the presenter of the game show It’s A Knockout in the 70s and 80s. He has worked for the Manchester-based news programme Look North and was a regular football reporter for BBC Radio Five until his arrest in December. Hall was celebrated for his wordy and erudite reports from matches. He is well-known for his charity work in the north-west and received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2012 for services to broadcasting and charity.

His legal representative Louise Straw said: "A number of historic allegations have been made, all of which are denied. None of these allegations have been raised with the authorities in the last three to four decades which raises concerns and issues."

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