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Stuart Hall charged with 16 sexual offences

23/10/2013

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Lancashire Police to charge Stuart Hall with 15 offences of rape relating to two girls and one offence of indecent assault.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "Following a careful review, we have decided that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Stuart Hall for 16 alleged sexual offences against two girls and that it is in the public interest to do so. It is alleged that Stuart Hall committed offences against one girl, aged between 14 and 16, from 1976 to 1978 and another girl, aged between 11 or 12 and 15, from 1976 to 1981.

"This decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences and the DPP's guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse."

The charges in relation to the first girl, who was aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the alleged offences, are that Stuart Hall:

  • Between 1 January 1976 and 1 April 1977 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 September 1977 and 23 March 1978 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 September 1977 and 23 March 1978 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 September 1977 and 23 March 1978 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 September 1977 and 23 March 1978 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 24 March 1978 and 30 September 1978 at Manchester raped a female.
  • Between 24 March 1978 and 30 September 1978 at Manchester raped a female.

The charges in relation to the second girl, who was aged between 11 or 12 and 15 at the time of the alleged offences, are that Stuart Hall:

  • Between 1 January 1976 and 31 January 1977 at Stockport raped a girl aged under the age of 13 years.
  • Between 1 January 1976 and 1 January 1977 at Stockport indecently assaulted a girl under the age of 13 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Wilmslow raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Manchester raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Sale raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Sale raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Sale raped a female under the age of 16 years.
  • Between 1 January 1979 and 1 January 1981 at Sale raped a female under the age of 16 years.

These offences are contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

Stuart Hall will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on 8 November 2013.

Mr Afzal added: "May I remind all concerned that Mr Hall has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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