Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has been rebailed over allegations that he sexually abused a schoolgirl.

The actor, who plays mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap, was arrested in September on suspicion of committing a historic sexual offence.

Le Vell, 46, from Hale, Cheshire, was later released on bail until tomorrow (Wednesday) pending further inquiries, but has now been rebailed as the investigations continue.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of committing a historic sexual offence has been rebailed until the second week of January as police continue their investigations.”

Last month, the actor issued a statement which said: “I strenuously deny these allegations and will do everything in my power to prove my innocence.”

The star, whose real name is Michael Turner, is married to actress Janette Beverley. The couple have two children.

Le Vell joined Coronation Street in 1983 and quickly endeared himself to fans who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin, from Brian Tilsley’s apprentice mechanic through to his stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor, and fathering two teenage girls as well as a love child from his affair with Molly Dobbs.