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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stuart Hall rearrested over sex attacks on young girls

Stuart Hall rearrested over sex attacks on young girls

Jailed former BBC presenter Stuart Hall has been rearrested by Lancashire Police over child sex offences.
The arrests relate to two females, who were aged between 12 and 15 at the time of the abuse, which was allegedly committed between 1974 and 1980.
A force spokesman said the offences allegedly took place in Manchester and Derbyshire.
Hall, 83, is serving a 30-month jail sentence for 14 counts of sexual abuse against girls.
Stuart HallStuart Hall's sentence was doubled by the Court of Appeal in July
In June he admitted abusing the girls, who were aged from nine to 17, between 1967 and 1985.
His original 15-month jail sentence was doubled by the Court of Appeal in July.
On Tuesday it was announced Hall had been stripped of the OBE he was awarded in December 2011.
Hall, who had been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century, is to serve half of his 30-month sentence, meaning he will be released in September 2014, the BBC understands.
As a broadcaster, Hall was described as eccentric, erudite and egotistical - a distinctive personality who could balance light entertainment with sports and serious news.
He was the face of BBC regional news in the North West before his national profile was raised presenting It's A Knockout on BBC TV, which he once described as "The Olympic Games with custard pies".
In later years he was best known for his football match reports on BBC Radio Five Live.
But Preston Crown Court heard he was an "opportunistic predator" who used his fame to befriend girls.