Stuart Hall 'innocent of abuse charges' says solicitor

Stuart Hall Mr Hall has been bailed to appear before Preston magistrates in January

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BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall is innocent of indecent assault charges brought against him, his solicitor has said.

The 82-year-old from Wilmslow in Cheshire has been charged following complaints to police about alleged incidents involving three girls aged between nine and 16.

Mr Hall has been bailed to appear before Preston magistrates in January.

A statement issued by his solicitor Louise Straw said: "Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges."

Distinctive style

She added: "Stuart Hall was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny.

"Stuart Hall is innocent. There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain."

In a broadcasting career spanning five decades, he is perhaps best known for his distinctive style of football reporting on BBC Radio 5 live.

Mr Hall was appointed OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.

A BBC spokesman said: "In light of the very serious nature of these charges Stuart Hall will not be working at the BBC while the police continue with their inquiries."

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