Stuart Hall was jailed after admitting indecently assaulting 13 girls (Reuters
Stuart Hall was jailed after admitting indecently assaulting 13 girls (Reuters

Disgraced former BBC presenter Stuart Hall has been charged with 15 counts of rape and one count of indecent assault relating to two girls.

Hall, 83, who is already serving a 30-month jail term after admitting 14 counts of indecent assault relating to 13 girls aged between nine and 17, was taken from his cell to be questioned over the latest allegations.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was enough evidence to charge the former It's A Knockout presenter with a further 16 alleged offences against two girls between the ages of 11 and 16 at the time.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Northwest, said: "It is alleged that Stuart Hall committed offences against one girl, aged between 14 and 16, from 1976 to 1978 and another girl, aged between 11 or 12 and 15, from 1976 to 1981."

Hall, from Wilsmlow, Cheshire, will appear before Preston Magistrates' Court on 8 November to face the charges.

They were brought one day after it was confirmed that he would be stripped of the OBE he received in 2011 for "bringing the system into disrepute".

A notice in The London Gazette read: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of James Stuart Hall to be an Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 31 December 2011, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

Hall eventually admitted to indecently assaulting 13 girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1986 after previously describing the claims as "callous, cruel and above all spurious".

The Crown Prosecution Service described the former football commentator as an "opportunistic predator".