Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell on child rape charge
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has been charged with a string of sex offences, including raping a child.
Greater Manchester Police said he is also accused of indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
The actor, 48, who plays Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap, faces a total of 19 charges relating to crimes allegedly committed between 2001 and 2010.
Mr Le Vell, whose real name is Michael Turner, is due before magistrates in Manchester on 27 February.
Charlie McCathie reports.