Veteran BBC Manchester presenter Stuart Hall pleads not guilty to sexually abusing three girls

By Dean Wilkins

Veteran BBC Manchester presenter Stuart Hall has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing three teenage girls in court today.

The 83-year-old appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court charged with the alleged abuse of victims between the ages of nine and 17 – the trial was passed to the city’s crown court.

The former It’s A Knockout broadcaster is accused of groping the breast of a 16-year-old in 1974, molesting a nine-year-old girl in 1983 and kissing a 13-year-old girl on the lips in 1984.

Hall appeared in court and was asked if her understood the three charges against him.

He said: “Yes. Not guilty to all three charges.”

The case will now go before a jury, and Hall was bail on the condition he lives at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and that he has no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 17.

The Ashton-under-Lyne-born presenter was made an OBE for his services to broadcasting and charity in the 2012 New Year’s honours list.

He is due to appear at Preston Crown Court on April 16.

Picture courtesy of BBC News via TopTellyFan, with thanks

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