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Ex-Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel faces child sex trial

Andrew Lancel
Image caption Andrew Lancel appeared in Coronation Street from January 2011 until March this year

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel will face a trial over historical child sex offences.

The 42-year-old, who played Frank Foster in the ITV soap, faces five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16.

Mr Lancel, from Gateacre in Liverpool, was charged under his real name Andrew Watkinson.

The case against him was sent for trial at Liverpool Crown Court by South Sefton Magistrates.

The trial is due to begin on 15 April 2013.

It is understood that the charges relate to alleged incidents in the early 1990s.

Mr Lancel appeared in Coronation Street from January 2011 until March this year.

The actor was due to appear in the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool's Echo Arena but stepped down from his role after being charged.

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