Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges and condemns police decision to arrest him at his home

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'I'm innocent': BBC presenter Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges and condemns police decision to arrest him at his homeThe TV legend was held at his Cheshire home at dawn on Wednesday'Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges. The decision he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny,' his solicitor said last night
Mr Hall is bailed to appear before Preston magistrates next month

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10:24 GMT, 7 December 2012

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has protested his innocence in the face of child abuse charges and condemned a police decision to arrest him at his home.

The former It’s A Knockout presenter, 82, also criticised ‘leaks to the media’ which he said gave a misleading impression about the case.

Hall was arrested at his 1.5million home in leafy Wilmslow, Cheshire in a dawn raid on Wednesday morning.

It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, pictured receiving his MBE in October last year, has been charged with sex offence allegations after a dawn raid on his home this morning

Arrested: It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, pictured receiving his MBE in October last year, has been charged with sex offences

Anger: Mr Hall's soliicitor said her client should not have had to suffer the ignominy of being arrested at home at dawn

Anger: Mr Hall's soliicitor said her client should not have had to suffer the ignominy of being arrested at home at dawn

He was taken to a police station where he was questioned by detectives for several hours before being charged with three counts of indecent assault on girls aged between eight and 17 between 1974 and 1984.

The BBC Radio 5 Live football reporter spent the day behind closed doors at the home he shares with his wife, Hazel, 74.

But last night his solicitor, Louise Straw, said: ‘Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges. It is a matter of concern that in the week following the publication of the Leveson Report, there appears to have been systematic leaks to the media which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.

Broadcasting stalwart: TV Presenter Stuart Hall posed at home with his wife Hazel in 1979

Broadcasting stalwart: TV Presenter Stuart Hall posed at home with his wife Hazel in 1979. He has been hidden in his home with her for at least 24 hours

Thorough search: Police remove items from Stuart Hall's home in Wilmslow yesterday for forensic tests

Thorough search: Police remove items from Stuart Hall's home in Wilmslow for forensic tests

Police officers arrived early this morning to arrest the veteran presenter and search his Wilmslow home

Police officers arrived early on Wednesday morning to arrest the veteran presenter and search his Wilmslow home

‘Stuart Hall was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny.

‘Stuart Hall is innocent. There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain.’

Hall and his wife, who have two grown-up children, Daniel, 50, and Francesca, 52, are popular among the local community where they carry out a lot of charity work.

The charges are that between September and December 1974 he indecently assaulted a woman who was then aged 16 or 17.

Hall meeting Muhammad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing champion, (left) and Henry Cooper (right), former world title contender

Hall meeting Muhammad Ali, former world heavyweight boxing champion, (left) and Henry Cooper (right), former world title contender

Stuart Hall and Sarah Ferguson (left) and with Prince Edward (right) during 1987's It's A Royal Knockout charity special

Stuart Hall and Sarah Ferguson (left) and with Prince Edward (right) during 1987's It's A Royal Knockout charity special

Meeting the Royals: Stuart Hall and Sarah
Ferguson (left) and with Prince Edward (right) during 1987's It's A
Royal Knockout charity special

The second charge alleges he indecently assaulted a girl aged eight or nine in 1983.

And finally he faces a charge of indecent assault on a girl aged 13 between July and September 1984.

Hall was bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston next month. Police stressed the case was not part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual offences allegedly committed by Jimmy Savile and others.