Police drop soap star Michael Le Vell sex inquiry

Michael Le Vell
Image caption Mr Le Vell had strenuously denied the allegations

No further action will be taken against Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell who was arrested over child sex allegations, police have confirmed.

The actor, who plays Kevin Webster in the soap, was arrested at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, in September.

He was questioned and released on bail on suspicion of a sexual offence involving a young girl.

Police said their investigation lawyers decided there was not enough evidence to charge him.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "No further action will be taken against a 46-year-old male from Hale, arrested on suspicion of an [historical] sexual assault.

"A file of evidence was prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service, who decided there was insufficient evidence to charge."

Mr Le Vell had strenuously denied the allegations and continued in his role in the TV show.

He joined the soap in 1983 as Brian Tilsley's apprentice mechanic and became a favourite with fans who have followed his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor.

The actor had a major role in December's live 50th anniversary episode, featuring a fatal tram crash in Weatherfield.

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