UK police charge presenter Stuart Hall over indecent assault allegations
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
In the United Kingdom, Lancashire Constabulary have charged television and radio presenter Stuart Hall with three counts of indecent assault offences. The charges relate to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age. Hall has been released on bail and is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court January 7.
|[T]here is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and ... it is in the public interest to prosecute this case|
—John Dilworth, Crown Prosecution Service
Lancashire Constabulary described the nature of the allegations as "historic" and said the suspect was being interrogated at a police station today. They arrested Hall at his residence. John Dilworth, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said "there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and ... it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."
Hall notably presented UK game show It's a Knockout. He has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live, although the corporation said he was not scheduled to present at the station this weekend. Hall was awarded an OBE in the last New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting, having had a broadcasting career lasting fifty years.
Dilworth stated the following information about the ages of the alleged victims and the dates between which these incidents allegedly occurred: one aged 16–17, between September 1 and December 31, 1974; one aged 13, between July 1 and September 27, 1984; and one aged 8–9, between January 1 and December 31, 1983.
This story has updates
See Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall denies indecent assault, December 8, 2012
- "Man charged with indecent assaults" — Lancashire Constabulary, December 5, 2012
- "Stuart Hall charged with indecent assaults" — BBC News Online, December 5, 2012
- "Broadcaster Stuart Hall Held Over Rape Claim" — Sky News, December 5, 2012
- "Stuart Hall questioned over rape allegations" — BBC News Online, December 5, 2012
- "Man arrested on suspcion of sexual offences" — Lancashire Constabulary, December 5, 2012