VIDEO: William Roache speaks after being cleared of sex charges

Ilkeston-born Coronation Street star William Roache has delivered a measured statement to the media on the steps of Preston Crown Court after being cleared of alleged historic sex offences.

The 81-year-old, who now lives in Cheshire, vehemently denied the allegations from the moment he was arrested and charged.

William Roache outside court

William Roache outside court

Today, after less than six hours of deliberations, a jury cleared Mr Roache and he walked free from court.

He gave his statement with family members behind him, right where they have been throughout the almost month-long trial.