The family of former Coronation Street star Fred Feast are said to be disgusted after finding out that the character he played, Fred Gee, is being investigated as part of Operation Bradley Hill Fort, an investigation overlapping with Operation Yewtree.
Mr Gee, who died of a heart attack in 1999, was a character on the show between 1975 and 1984.
It is alleged that Mr Gee sexually assaulted a young on-screen character in 1977 who has only recently made the complaint to the police. Mr Gee’s former on-screen wife, Eunice Gee, who now runs a bar in Spain, has expressed her surprise at the allegations.
“Fred was many things… a womaniser, a liar, a thief… but I never suspected him of being a paedophile. It just goes to show that it’s always the people you least expect. It’s a dangerous world out there, no bones about it.”
It is thought that the arrest will further sour the memory of the former Rovers Return regular. He was already an unpopular character in 1970′s Weatherfield. His despicable deeds– including cheating on his wife, and once throwing bread on top of Eddie Yeats’ dustcart to attract pigeons in order to ruin Mr Yeats’ chances of winning the Best Kept Dust-Cart competition– failed to win him many friends, and these new accusations of child abuse will further dent his reputation.
The man who played Mr Gee, Fred Feast, was unavailable for comment, most likely due to his legitimate death in 1999.
Producers of Coronation Street are likely to avoid any on-screen mention of the incident, due to the real-life sexual assault allegations against cast members Michael le Vell and Bill Roache. The writers of the famous soap have denied all knowledge of any wrongdoing. One member of the writing team said: “What the hell are you talking about? I’ve never heard of this operation and we wrote the character out of the show years ago. Is this a joke?”