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BBC commentator accused of assaulting kids

14:57 Thu Dec 6 2012
Veteran BBC commentator Stuart Hall will be charged with indecently assaulting children
police officer guards the Cheshire home of television and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall (Getty)

British prosecutors say they are bringing charges against veteran BBC commentator Stuart Hall, saying he indecently assaulted children in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 82-year-old, a former presenter of game show It's a Knockout was known for his eccentric and erudite football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He was arrested at his home at Wilmslow near Manchester in northwest England on Wednesday.

"The charges are that between 1 September 1974 and 31 December 1974 he indecently assaulted a woman who was then aged 16 or 17 years," said John Dilworth, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service's north west complex casework unit.

"That between 1 January 1983 and 31 December 1983 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged eight or nine years, and that between 1 July 1984 and 27 September 1984 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged 13 years."

Hall has been bailed to appear at Preston Magistrates Court on January 7.