As we reported recently, former Coronation Street and The Bill actor Andrew Lancel – who real surname is Watkinson – was arrested after allegations of historic child sex offences were leveled against him.
And today, it’s been reported that Andrew has been summoned to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on April 15 next year to answer to the charges. It’s expected that he will plead not guilty.
Merseyside Police confirmed that Andrew has been charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, but he denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name.
As we also reported, he had been due to play the role of Carabose the Wicked Wizard in panto at the ECHO arena over Christmas, however, the accusations prompted him to withdraw from the show. Read more & comment »