It has been announced by Merseyside Police that Andrew Watkinson (who uses the stage name Andrew Lancel), has been charged with 5 counts of indecent assault
on a child under the age of 16. He will appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, December 19. No further information has been released, and because of this and Britain's strict contempt of court laws, it would be improper to say too much, but a couple of observations should be made.
These charges come in the wake of the (still ongoing) Jimmy Savile scandal
which has led to all manner of allegations against all manner of people including Lord McAlpine
But, and this is big but, Andrew Lancel - as we shall call him - is not a contemporary of Jimmy Savile, indeed he was not born until 1970
. He has also played some hard characters, in particular a detective in The Bill
and most especially the short lived Frank Foster in Coronation Street
His first appearance in the series was January last year as a well spoken businessman in a suit. He ended up raping his business partner, Carla Connor, was acquitted
, and then murdered by his own mother. Rough justice indeed.
As stated, no details of these alleged offences have been released, but those with even short memories will recall the case of Michael Le Vell, a time-serving actor in the same soap. He was accused earlier this year of an historic
offence, in particular the rape of a 6 year old child, which is of course far more serious.
When the legal authorities realised these allegations had no basis in fact, they issued a typically disingenuous statement to the effect that they were dropping the charges because there was insufficient evidence
and no realistic prospect of a conviction
This current case would not be the first time that a young girl has seen an actor and become fixated with him, then her dreams have become convoluted with reality. This can happen in all manner of settings, sometimes with tragic results
For all the above reasons, and in view of the Leveson Inquiry
- which has now concluded - anyone commenting on this case should do so with extreme reserve and a great deal of skepticism. David Icke