Stuart Hall to stand trial on rape charges

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Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall will go on trial next year accused of raping two young girls.

Hall, 83, appeared at Preston Crown Court for a five-minute hearing where a trial, estimated to last around nine days, was fixed for May 6 before Mr Justice Turner, at the same court.

Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire is accused of sexual offences against two alleged victims aged between 11 or 12 and 16 at the time.

He was remanded into custody to appear at a plea and case management hearing ahead of the trial, on February 28.

Hall is alleged to have committed seven counts of rape against one girl between 1976 and 1978 in Manchester, when she was aged between 14 and 16.

Hall is also accused of eight counts of rape against his second alleged victim, aged between 11 or 12 and 15 at the time, between 1976 and 1981.