Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Watkinson (Andrew Lancel) will face a trial over historical child sex offences.

The 42-year-old, who played Frank Foster in the ITV soap Coronation Street, faces five counts of indecent assault on a child under the sage of 16.   The case against him was sent for trial at Liverpool Crown Court by South Sefton Magistrates.  Mr Watkinson  recently switched on Southport Christmas Tree lights

The trial is due to begin on 15 April 2013.

It is understood that the charges relate to alleged incidents in the early 1990s.

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